In an interview with local newspaper the Nigerian Tribune, an officer of cellco Globacom, Mohammed Jameel, has outlined his firm’s plans for 2008. Firstly, the operator intends to launch 3G services. The cellco revealed in December 2007 that it was ready to launch the service in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt as soon as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) approves its proposed tariff plan. This is expected within the next fortnight. Once launched, coverage of Glo’s 3G services, dubbed ‘3G Plus’, will be extended to other major towns and cities in due course. Jameel also said that Glo intended to launch a fixed line service this month. ‘That could be our surprise for 2008,’ he said.
Glo Mobile ended 2007 with around 15 million subscribers according to Jameel. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Glo had an estimated 30% market share in terms of subscribers at the end of September 2007, behind leader MTN.