Ghana embraces a new era in telecommunications with the launch today of Glo 1, the high-capacity submarine fibre-optic cable system built to carry data and Internet traffic at high speed between West Africa and the rest of the world.
The 9 800km long submarine cable network, the first project of its kind to be executed entirely by a single organisation, lands on the beaches of Osu, in Accra.
The Glo 1 facility has been built with technologies backed by Globacom and Alcatel-Lucent and is set to transform the country’s communications landscape, affording Ghanaian businesses new opportunities of bridging the digital gap between Ghana and the rest of the world.
Dr Mike Adenuga, chairman of Globacom, comments: "These are exciting times indeed for Ghana and the rest of Africa, as Glo 1 comes in to offer immense opportunities for businesses across our continent and enable them to compete on an equal footing with their counterparts elsewhere in the world. Today, Glo 1 is here in Ghana to deliver transmission capacity which will radically change the country’s economic landscape and indeed, that of our sub-region.
‘’Glo 1 will usher in a new era of prosperity for Ghanaians as its benefits will impact rapidly on the transformation of education, manufacturing, agriculture, health, entertainment and commerce, fuelling the national economy as a whole towards higher productivity and wealth.
“Glo 1’s state-of-the-art infrastructure is designed to provide unprecedented high speed internet traffic with cost-effective voice, data, video and e-commerce services across Africa, Europe and the rest of the world. It will carry traffic for Globacom and any other operators intending to lease the service. It will ultimately make telecoms services in Ghana and the entire West African sub-region much faster, more reliable and cheaper for consumers."
Glo 1's capacity is upgradable to 2,5 Terabytes per second. The cable will touch three European countries: the UK, Spain and Portugal as well as 14 African countries including Ghana, with a dedicated link to the US.
Glo 1 offers 99,9% uptime reliability, world-class long distance voice, video and data communication services to the African customer and caters for long-term bandwidth requirements for voice and data transmission across the West African sub-region.
Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks SAS, says: "This submarine cable network enhances the overall telecommunications infrastructure of Globacom who have contributed to pioneering availability of high-speed Internet access and advanced communications services in Africa. This launch further enhances the successful cooperation we have established with Globacom since its inception.”
Glo 1 will enable telecoms operators to offer quality services through multiple and high quality direct links to various countries across the globe and will enable such operators to inter-connect with several international networks and leading traffic carriers in the world. This should result in world class roaming experience for voice and data to subscribers on Glo Mobile and other networks as they travel overseas.
Glo 1 will make bandwidth available to all telecom operators, carriers and corporations, connecting them through Globacom’s global partnerships to all the major information destinations of the world.