On Sunday October 10, 2018, telecoms firm, Globacom, switched on its brand new base transceiver station (BTS) in one of the new developing communities in the Ibeju Lekki axis of Lagos. Before then, the network already had good quality 4G data and voice service in the area. But with the new BTS, it simply became an unbeatable experience for the residents of the area.
Boosting of the service in Lakowe town was not an isolated event. Globacom had in the last few months been renewing and improving its network across the country.
In doing this, the indigenous Nigerian telecoms service provider has been building more cell sites, re-routing optic fibre cables, swapping and upgrading network equipment with new and higher capacity ones to deliver improved data and voice services.
The rising performance of indigenous telecoms service provider, Globacom, as the top growing network in terms of gains in subscriber figures has been linked to this aggressive move to deliver crystal crisp voice service and high speed data to subscribers across the country.
It was therefore not surprising that the grandmasters of data, Globacom, was the top growing network in terms of subscriber figures for several months in 2017 and 2018. For example, latest figures released by the industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, showed that Globacom added more subscribers than other players in the month of July 2018.
This is linked to the aggressive backbone and infrastructure upgrade done by the network across the country in recent months.
It is revealed that Glo’s core data network interface ports have been upgraded from 40GB to 100GB, meaning the traffic handling capacity is more than doubled. Also, the capacity of Globacom’s undersea cable, Glo 1, has been tripled. The network’s renowned 4G Coverage is being extended to several more cities in 33 states consolidating Globacom’s position as the network with the widest and best 4G coverage in Nigeria at the moment.
Specific population centres like Lagos and Abuja are getting concentrated attention with microwave network getting transformed into full IP Network to meet future data requirements of the rapidly expanding markets. The company is also carrying out fibre optic expansion and rerouting.
Globacom’s Regional Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Sanjib Roy, explained that the network is re-routing its underground network cables from problematic routes around the country, including the FCT area, where road construction and other human and natural interferences are hampering smooth transmissions.
“We have also upgraded the transport backhaul with additional 100GB route and redundancy and resilience – thereby making the network more stable,” Roy said.
The upgrade of the Glo network has helped create a brand new highly efficient network with massive increase in call completion rate and call termination rate, and also led to crystal clear voice quality, high data speed download and upload with highly reduced congestion.
With this, customers across the country are currently enjoying improved service delivery with all-round richer network experience for all Glo subscribers on the data and voice platforms.