Wednesday, December 21, 2011

GLOBACOM NIGERIA LAUNCHES G-BAM Hi5ive PLAN

Globacom Nigeria, has launched a youth programme, G-BAM Hi5ive to the Nigerian telecommunication market.
The new product allows subscribers to call five special numbers at only five kobo per second and offers a unique proposition to Nigerian youths by making the immensely popular social networking site Facebook FREE.
To register a friend, the subscriber is required to dial *101*1*friend’s number#. It also offers subscribers several other attractive benefits including free airtime and free night calls.

Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohammed Jameel, unveiled the product at a press conference in Lagos.

A major aspect of the programme is the G-BAM Scholar which empowers the student community in Nigeria by offering a scholarship of USD5 million for 1,000 students. Jameel explained that 250 students would be selected every quarter for USD 5,000 worth of scholarship. “This will help aspiring students to fulfill their academic ambitions, pursue their dreams and passion, and also take care of meritorious students and young people,” he added.

The GCOO said G-BAM Hi5ive is primarily a youth-centric package designed with the lifestyle of Nigerian youths in mind. “The package will enable them to connect with their passion points and help them strengthen relationships with their friends and loved ones,” he stated.

He explained that other benefits of the new product are categorized under G-BAM bonus for N500 free airtime once the SIM is activated and recharged, G-BAM social for FREE facebook browsing from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. everyday, G-BAM weekender for FREE weekend chatting, G-BAM Nites for FREE night calls. To enjoy the FREE chatting, the subscriber will simply text “chat” to 20805.
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Another added freebie which makes G-BAM Hi5ive the most attractive package to the youths is free Subscription of Glo Radio which is Music on the Go. One can listen to songs of one’s choice on the G-BAM package by dialing 77025.

“With all the benefits of G-BAM Hi5ive offer, the youth on the Glo network is empowered to be on top of his social life, to keep in touch with his friends as much as possible,” Jameel added.

To join the G-BAM generation and enjoy all the freebies on the offer, existing Glo subscribers can simply migrate to the platform by dialing -*100*5*1# while new subscribers can buy a SIM pack from any Glo world or Glo zone or dealer outlets and migrate using the same code.

View the Faq about GLO G-BAM Hi5ive at http://www.gloworld.com/pdf/gbamfaq.pdf

Friday, December 9, 2011

MTN NIGERIA TO ACQUIRE MULTILINKS' BACKBONE NETWORK

Fresh information has emerged that Nigeria’s dominant telecommunications operator, MTN is bidding for beleaguered CDMA operator, Multilinks’ backbone transmission network.
Analyst told "Business Day" that MTN was keen on maintaining market leadership in the data segment of the country’s highly competitive telecoms market.

As at March this year, official subscriber statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) showed that MTN had 40.2 million subscribers, while Globacom had 19.9 million; Airtel had 16.1 million and Etisalat had 7.2 million, in the voice segment.

A senior executive at MTN told Business Day that the company ‘was unable to comment at this time’. Industry players are all agreed however, that market focus is shifting from voice to internet and data services, which are of high value for business, education, social and entertainment purposes.

Industry watchers also maintain that MTN’s purported bid for Multilink’s fibre transmission backbone is particularly an ardent struggle for the data and internet services market, as well as for the bulk (carriers-carrier) market.

According to "Business Day" source, Multilink’s ‘crown jewel’ is its robust terrestrial fibre optic network connecting 21 of Nigeria’s 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with an estimated construction cost of over $150 million.

On the other hand, MTN owns the largest transmission network in Nigeria and there are concerns amongst industry stakeholders that the acquisition of Multilinks backbone, will mean that the telecoms company will own substantially more than 50 percent of long distance transmission networks in Nigeria.Industry watchers say the limited availability and exorbitant price of long distance national transmission capacity needed to move available bandwidth capacity emanating from the underwater cables on the country’s coastline, is the fundamental drawback to access to efficient and reasonably priced broadband internet services.

It has been discovered that the price of moving internet capacity from Lagos to Abuja is much higher than the cost of moving capacity from Lagos to London, due to the dearth of transmission backbone network. According to analysts, the development of the broadband market in Nigeria and the availability of internet access to as wide a population as possible, at a lower cost was largely dependent on the reduction of transmission costs.

There is concern among telecoms officials about a concentration of market power and the negative impact this might have on competition and pricing.