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Globacom Comes At Last
-Charges N9,999 per simcard

- 80 kobo per second

By Alifa Daniel, Abuja

AT exactly 11.45a.m. yesterday, the Vice President, Atiku Abubakar routed a call from a Glo mobile line to his immediate boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, heralding into Nigerian's fast expanding telecommunication sector, a new Global System of Mobile Communication (GSM) operator.

"Details of the presidential discussion were not made public but the Vice President at the commissioning ceremony urged Nigerians to support the privatization policy of the Federal Government, adding that the policy would bring in more efficient and cheaper services as well as create millions of jobs.

Globacom Chairman, Otunba Mike Adenuga confirmed that tariff billing would be per second at 80 kobo adding that he felt fulfilled with the commissioning of that glo.mobile network which attracted eminent Nigerians, including communications Minister, Chief Cornelius Adebayo and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Chief Audu Ogbeh

Adenuga promised to drive down tariff on the glo mobile to five naira per minute, adding that Globacom would roll out three million lines in 62 cities in the country by the end of the year.

Five other cities-Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Port Harcourt and Ijebu Ode will join Abuja with glo mobile services within a fortnight, Adenuga assured.

The Globacom chief disclosed that the Second National Carrier would become fully operational mobile and fixed-lines within the next four months. He further revealed that switches with 365,000-line capacity were being built in Bauchi, Oregun, Ibadan and Lagos, adding that the projects have heavy financial outlay.

Adenuga put the cost of a SIM at N9,999 but interested subscribers who want a SIM card and an Alcatel handset will pay N18,4999


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