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Globacom Unveils “We Got People Talking” Campaign

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Globacom has launched a new marketing communication campaign entitled We Got People Talking (WGPT).

Joachim Atunwa, director of Advertising, Globacom, said WGPT, captures the company’s positive impact on the telecom industry and on the lives and businesses of Nigerians in the last five years of its operation. He stated that the theme "We Got People Talking" was used as a soundtrack in Glo submarine cable television commercial entitled "Glo goes Global". The commercial which went on air some months ago celebrates the multimillion-dollar submarine cable being laid by Globacom from Nigeria to Europe and U.S. The facility which will provide the much required bandwidth for Africa is the first such project by any individual company on the continent.

Atunwa recalled Globacom’s initiatives in the industry which have ensured that Nigerians are able to communicate seamlessly with one another at very low costs. These, he said, included the introduction of Per Second Billing (PSB), the crashing of SIM cost from around N25,000 before Globacom launched services to as low as N200, the lowering of call tariffs from N50 to as low as N10 per minute as well as the introduction of several value added services.

"As a concept, WGPT was motivated by Globacom’s founding philosophy of empowering Nigerians of all walks of life and spheres to effectively communicate with each other; to reach out to the world and be reached. We began a demonstration of our empowerment philosophy with our 2.5G infrastructure and per second billing, all with a view to ensuring that Nigerians enjoyed what their counterparts in the developed parts of the world enjoyed at that time," Atunwa stated.

According to him, as the world recently ascended to 3G platform, we became the first to give it to Nigerians, with a plus – Glo 3G Plus. "When we hit the 20 million subscriber base recently, which coincided with our 5th year Anniversary, we felt we had an obligation to celebrate a dream realised – the dream of empowering Nigerians of all strata and across geography, to talk," he noted.

He added that the WGPT encapsulated Globacom’s mission and vision statements as well as its accomplishments and helps in reinforcing the positioning of the Glo brand as world-class, daring and highly innovative. This, he explained, was three-dimensional: functional, emotional and socio/political.

For the functional element, Atunwa said Globacom’s core business is centred on "talking". Elements on the emotional level include Globacom’s vision of "Building Africa’s biggest and best telecommunication network" which is so grand that people are talking about it, Globacom’s heavy investment in hardware infrastructure which people are talking about, the brand’s rapid expansion in West Africa and spreading of affordable telecommunication services in West Africa. Others are the optic fibre and the submarine cables being laid in Nigeria and across Africa to Europe and USA by Globacom, the fact that Globacom launches its network in all the countries it goes to with "per second billing, offers multiple value added services to West Africans, is highly rated globally due to its rapid network growth and expansion, the brand has won lots of awards locally and internationally and people are talking, that Globacom has made it easy and simple for people to talk in West Africa and that Globacom is empowering a lot of people in the region.

 


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NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

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Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.

NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.

Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.

The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.

They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception

“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said

The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.

It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.

Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.

“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.

 

 


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Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria

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Tizeti announced that it selected Nokia’s Fastmile Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable usprovide superior internet services to over 1 Million subscribers in Port Harcourt, Edo and Ogun in Nigeria.

Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria

Tizeti will deploy Nokia’s AirScale Base Station TDD-LTE and FastmileFixed Wireless Access (FWA) gatewaysto deliver premium internet and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to Residential, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The solution will also enable Tizeti’sto deliver a more robust, high-speedinternet service to subscribers and the flexibility to seamlessly evolve to 5G Fixed Wireless Access when needed.

Nokia’s FWA solution enables Tizeti to fast-track broadband access and provide a best-in-class broadband experience to its subscribers.

Nokia’sAirScale Base Stations ensure high-quality connectivity and coverage and enablesTizeti to evolve the network in line with customer demand.

Nokia’sFastmilegateways connect wirelessly to the existing network to createa fastbroadband connection and enhanced Wi-Fi experience in the home.

The Nokia Network Services Platform will help Tizeti to simplify operations and quickly respond to changing market demands.

Kendall Ananyi, Tizeti, said:“We are committed to providing the best-in-class network experience to our subscribers. We are confident that Nokia’s proven technology and expertise will help us differentiate our services based on quality. This a crucial project for us as it introduces LTE in our networks and allows us to bring new and innovative services to our subscribers.”

Eniola Balogun, Nokia, said:“We are thrilled to work with Tizeti on the initiative to upgrade their network to bring the latest products and services to its subscribers. Nokia Fastmile will help Tizeti to cost-effectively enhance the customer experience.

The project will also enable them to delight their subscribers by providing more reliable data services.

On the other hand, Tizeti will benefit by adding new revenue streams.”

 

 


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Risk Assets Push Higher on Vaccine Hopes; Eyes on the Fed

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By Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM,

After two consecutive weeks of back-to-back declines, global stocks kicked off Monday with solid gains amid a surge in M&A activity and positive signs towards vaccine developments. Currency markets were little changed ahead of a busy week of monetary policy announcements, while Oil and Gold ticked slightly higher.

The two big deals announced over the weekend were Softbank’s plan to sell chipmaker ARM to Nvidia for more than $40 billion and Gilead Sciences to acquire Immunomedics for a price tag of $21 billion. Meanwhile, on the vaccine front, AstraZeneca resumed its phase-3 trial on Covid-19 after being suspended last week following a neurological illness developed in one participant, and Pfizer announced that its vaccine could be distributed before year-end if found safe and effective.

 

Central Banks will take centre stage this week with the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and Bank of Japan all due to announce policy decisions. Out of the three meetings, the Fed is likely to be the most watched following its historic shift towards average inflation targeting. The big question remains how will the FOMC put this policy into action?

 

From what we know now, the Fed is set up to keep interest rates near zero for a long time, possibly for several years. Given the new framework, any spike in inflation won’t translate into immediate rate hikes as the Fed wants to compensate for the lost years when they have failed to hit the target. The dot plot will be the key guide for investors and traders alike. If inflation projections remain at 2% or below for the foreseeable future, this will solidify market expectations for a low rate environment for many years to come. That said, Jay Powell would still have to explain in more detail how the new framework will be translated into policy action.

 

In June’s economic projections, the Fed anticipated unemployment would be at 9.3% by year-end, but, in August, unemployment was well below that forecast at 8.4%. Many other economic data surprised to the upside during the June – August period in a clear sign that most economists were overly pessimistic towards the strength of the recovery. However, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty given the latest surge in Covid-19 cases worldwide and the US, especially as we get closer into the winter season. A second wave will undoubtedly put the recovery at risk in the final quarter of the year and it will be interesting to see the Fed’s view on that issue.

 

As for the market selloff over the past two weeks, the Fed isn’t likely to show any signs of concern. In fact, policymakers should be satisfied with the pullback as the risk of a bubble in several assets has been growing due to the Fed’s extremely accommodative policies. Unless we see another 10 -15% drop, do not expect the Fed to intervene.


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