Tech: Glo2 – Here is why Globacom is launching second submarine cable in Nigeria

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Glo2 - Here is why Globacom is launching second submarine cable in Nigeria

Glo 2 will have the capacity of 12Terabit per second and will provide ultra-high speed connection to oil platforms and communities to empower data coverage and support Enterprise market growth in this part of Nigeria

Telecommunication's company, Globacom, has signed a multi-billion naira contract with global telecom solutions vendor, Huawei, to provide optic fibre submarine cable which will run on oil platforms and communities in Nigeria.

The contract signing was unveiled at a ceremony between the national operator, Globacom, and global telecom solutions vendors, Huawei, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The initiative, named Glo 2, is expected to boost telecommunication service delivery in the country and add to the economic and social empowerment of the communities in the oil-producing regions.

According to Globacom, it will equally provide high-speed internet connectivity as well as digitalise oil platforms with a view to improving productivity by uploading data to remote oil platforms at the speed of light.

Sanjib Roy, Globacom’s Regional Director, Technical, said at the ceremony that the submarine cable would be built along the Nigerian coast from Alpha Beach in Lagos, where Glo 1 landing station is located, to the Southern part of Nigeria. The facility will enable ultra high capacity connection to South-South Region and provide capacity to offshore oil platforms and the communities.

He stated that the Glo 2 project would boost telecommunication service delivery in the country by providing economic as well as social empowerment of the communities in oil-producing regions. It will also provide high-speed internet connectivity as well as digitalise oil platforms to improve productivity, upload data to remote oil platforms at the speed of light.

Glo2 will be the first submarine cable in Nigeria to land outside Lagos as the five existing submarine cables only landed in Lagos. Glo 2 will have capacity of 12Terabit per second and will provide ultra-high speed connection to oil platforms and communities to empower data coverage and support Enterprise market growth in this part of Nigeria,” Roy explained.

The facility, he added, would be the first to provide dedicated submarine optical fiber to oil platforms to support the growth of Nigerian Economy and allow Oil Communities to reduce their operational expenditure. “It is also designed for further expansion southwards to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, among others,” he added.

Glo2, Roy explained, would enable high capacity connections between oil companies’ offices onshore and their offshore locations. “The New submarine cable will be approximately 850 kilometres long and will be named Glo2.  The cable will be integrated to Globacom’s existing terrestrial Backbone Network to provide additional service redundancy”, especially Abuja and other parts of the country.

Li Belfang, Managing Director of Huawei, in his words, declared at the event that Huawei is proud to partner with Globacom to build a revolutionary submarine cable using innovative and leading technology.

"We believe the cable would bring a new era of digitalization to Nigerian economy”, he said.

Glo 2 optic fibre submarine cable

The cable is expected to contain three fiber pairs, with the first pair connecting Lagos directly to the  Southern part of Nigeria with terrestrial extension to other parts of the country for redundancy and maintenance purposes.

The second will be equipped with eight switchable Branching Units (BUs) which will deliver high capacity to offshore oil stations and communities connected directly to Bus.

The third pair equipped with two (2) switchable Branching Units to deliver high capacity to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

The new project, the telecommunication operator says it complements the Glo 1 international submarine cable built by Globacom in 2010 which is the only one of its kind in Nigeria managed end to end, from Lagos to London, by a single business concern and currently supplies sufficient bandwidth to the West African sub-region.

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