By Bola Abbas
Globacom received the honour at an elaborate induction ceremony organized by the FCT Council in conjunction with African Labour Watch Magazine at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, on Monday, October 1, this year coinciding with the Nigerian Independence Day, the telecoms company announced in a statement.
Organisers of the award say the ceremony was held to recognise labour leaders, labour-friendly Nigerians and organizations that have made significant contributions to the welfare and culture of Nigerian workers.
In an earlier notification sent to Globacom by Comrade Ossai Ilome, Secretary of Induction Committee, the NLC Council said Glo was selected for the honour because of the company’s commitment to affordable services, sponsorship of Glo Heritage Series and the country’s national football teams, among other outstanding contributions.
Globacom pioneered per second billing as its launch platform, thereby reducing the cost of mobile telephony services and establishing the basis for widespread affordable telecoms services across the country.
The NLC Council says that Globacom has lived up to its promise of affordability, as a cardinal point of good corporate citizenship.
Globacom has also supported community initiatives, especially in the areas of sports development, poverty alleviation, job creation, and youth empowerment, music, art and culture.
Globacom commenced business on August 29, 2003, with the launch of its GSM service in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It was the major mobile phone operator using the GSM technology platform to launch operations, two years after other operators had rolled out.
Glo has about 25 million subscribers on its Nigerian network and has covered all parts of the country and has also extended its operational footprints to the Republic of Benin and Ghana.
Globacom’s overall success in service delivery and product innovation stems from its continued deployment of latest technology, from 2.5G to 3G and 4G LTE. The company is also revamping the nation’s fixed telephone services with the launch of Glo Fixed while it addressed Africa’s bandwidth requirement by single-handed building an international submarine cable called Glo 1, the company says.