Nigerian fixed line and mobile operator Globalcom has said that its GSM subscriber base will reach 850,000 by the end of April, just eight months after launching the service. The company, which is majority owned by Nigerian petrochemical firm Conpetro, has undertaken an aggressive base station rollout programme since launching on 29 August 2003. It recently announced that it had completed coverage of 35 towns on the Lagos-Sagamu-Benin Expressway, bringing the number of major highways covered by its network to eight.
Globalcom was awarded Nigeria’s second national operator (SNO) licence in August 2002. Besides the local access and long-distance fixed line markets, its licence also contained the country’s fourth mobile concession and permission to operate an international gateway.