Glo partners Vodafone on voice, data services
Nigeria’s second largest national Operator, Global Communication Ltd (GLO) has attracted one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and providers of a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications to the country through a new, non-equity partnership agreement that covers Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.
Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets.
As of 30 June 2015, Vodafone had 449 million mobile customers and 12 million fixed broadband customers.
The Partner Market agreement demands the two companies to work together to boost significantly the experience of consumer and business customers in these countries, utilising a wide range of mobile, voice and data products.
Vodafone’s Partner Markets team works to form strategic alliances with operators all over the world, to offer a range of global products and services that extend Vodafone’s reach into local markets. The Partner Market agreements vary from roaming and service resale to full partner branding. since 2002, Vodafone Partner Markets has partnered with 37 companies in 57 countries.
Chief Executive, Vodafone Partner Markets, Stefano Gastaut said: “We are delighted to welcome Globacom to the Vodafone Partner Markets community which now spans 57 countries across six continents.
This strategic partnership with Globacom for Nigeria and the Republic of Benin will help deliver enhanced roaming benefits for Globacom’s consumer and multinational corporate customers, including countries where we have an ultra-fast 4G network. Vodafone will gain from Globacom’s expertise and deep understanding of African markets.
Globacom’s Group Executive Director, Mrs. Bella Disu, said: “This partnership is unique and far-reaching, giving corporate and individual subscribers on the Globacom network in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin an edge, particularly in voice and data services. The partnership is in line with Globacom’s tradition of partnering with global leaders to avail consumers of the best telecommunications services.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, said: “As the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, a large element of my role is to support British companies to invest and do business here in Nigeria. So, I’m delighted to be part of this ceremony today to witness the agreement between Globacom and Vodafone. I wish both companies luck as they start this important journey working together, and I am sure this will be a very fruitful partnership for both.”
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Globacom said it is committed to building the best telecommunication network in Africa. Since inception in 2003, the company has offered revolutionary and innovative services. It was the first telecommunication network to introduce the Per Second Billing Service, Mobile Internet, Blackberry, 3G and numerous other cutting edge products and services in Nigeria, clearly the biggest economy in Africa. One of its major accomplishments is its international submarine cable, Glo 1, which connects Africa to Europe and the United States of America. Glo 1 has provided the much needed Internet bandwidth in Africa. The company has over 40 million subscribers in Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic.
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