Glo Mobile’s launch looks like fizzling out

24 May 2010

Ghanaian start-up Glo Mobile Ghana is considering pulling out of the country, the Daily Graphic quotes an unnamed ‘authoritative source’ at the company as saying. The would-be operator, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nigeria-based Globacom which is itself majority owned by Nigerian petrochemical firm Conpetro, a venture of the entrepreneur Mike Adenuga, says it faces significant challenges from ‘interests’ seemingly hell-bent on sabotaging its nationwide launch plans. The unnamed source told the paper that since Glo Mobile was awarded its GSM frequencies by the National Communications Authority (NCA), it has faced obstacles in terms of seeking approval for the swift deployment of its base stations, an encroachment on the frequencies it was awarded by the NCA and the repeated vandalism of its advertising billboards. The cellco’s officials claim that its efforts to effect a speedy rollout have been undermined by ‘some forces’ which have been ‘deliberately working around the clock to cripple its operation and prevent it from rolling out quickly, to the detriment of the Ghanaian society’.

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