Glo’s new technologies appeal to multinational companies at African CEO forum

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Chief executives of multinational companies have begun demanding for Globacom’s top notch connectivity solutions after visiting the company’s stand at the African CEO Forum which ended last Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda.

The companies discussed Glo’s internet connectivity, mobile money solutions, Wide Area Network Connectivity (WAN), credit check for postpaid subscribers, and bundled mobile solutions for government establishments.

Globacom’s team received the Group chief executive officer (CEO) of Togo-based Ecobank, Ade Adeyemi; Chairman, KPMG Africa, Kunle Elebute; Group chief executive officer of Ark Hudson, Ugo Ikpeazu; and head of business, Mara Phone, James Kasugi.

Other chief executives who visited the Glo stand include chairman of MTN, Cameroon, Colin Mukete; CEO, Credit Registry, Jameelah Sharrieff; CEO of Sodeico of Congo Democratic Republic, Djo Falanga; and director general of Azur of Gabon, Jean Obambi.

Earlier, at a meeting with Globacom executive vice chairman, Bella Disu, Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, had enquired about Glo’s digital solutions and a possible collaboration between Rwanda and Globacom.

Also at the digital economy session, Mrs Disu re-emphasised the need for governments in Africa to create enabling environment for telecom companies to penetrate rural communities and connect them to the internet.

“The world is experiencing rapid digital transformation, and because we live in an exponential world, it’s no longer a question of ‘Do I have to innovate?’ We must innovate. So telecom operators will spearhead this innovation.

“First, we provide the infrastructure, the network, the platforms and connectivity for digital transformation to occur, and the resulting effect is big data, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and internet of things which connects everything to everybody. So businesses must run on new business models to stay in business”, she added.

Disu called for deeper internet penetration, quoting World Bank report which showed that 10 per cent increase in internet access resulted in 1.8 per cent growth in gross domestic product (GDP).