Globacom, Shell Seal Bandwidth Contract

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Globacom, one of the leading African bandwidth providers, yesterday signed a second 10-year contract with the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

The contract was signed by the two firms at a ceremony at Globacom Headquarters, Mike Adenuga Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Under the 10-year deal, Glo1 Enterprise will provide SPDC a high speed bandwidth link, connecting its operational hubs in Lagos and Niger Delta. The network solution will provide the oil firm a seamless connectivity for running data applications, voice communications and video transmissions between the operational hubs.

It is regarded as the biggest bandwidth deal in Nigeria with an enterprise customer.

Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Jameel, noted that the business deal was a continuation of the evolving business relationship with SPDC which started four years ago with Shell going into a 10-year contract for GSM services which included provision of thousands of GSM lines, GSM base stations, microwaves and 1000 Blackberry sets.

He noted that Glo had since then provided a range of business communication services to Shell to meet its specific business requirements.

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Jameel stated that the new contract underscored Globacom’s performance on previous contracts as well as SPDC’s faith in the operator’s ability to deliver on all the items of the new phase in the relationship.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to work with SPDC on this project. SPDC is a world-class institution and its decision to sign the new contract with Glo is a testimony of the trust in our company to deliver large and complex projects. With our investments in modern telecom infrastructure and quality of our manpower, we can guarantee that Globacom will deliver on the new promise,” Jameel affirmed.

Shell’s IT infrastructure manager for Sub-Saharan African, Frans Akkermans, who signed for the oil company, said he was pleased that Glo was able to pass the stringent technical criteria laid down by Shell Petroleum Development Company for one of the highest capacity bandwidth it intends to use within their network which is comparable to any global standard.

Globacom recently also commissioned the Glo 1 submarine cable from West Africa to Europe.