Daily Independent Online.
Thursday, August 28, 2003.
Globacom introduces per second billing
By Emma Okonji
In what looks like a compensation
for the long wait, by members of
the public, for Globacom to roll out its GSM services, the company has decided
to storm the market tomorrow with a novel per second billing system.
Globacom’s chief marketing
officer, Mr. Subhra Daz, who
dropped this hint in Lagos yesterday,
told nesmen that the company had concluded all arrangements to first
roll out in Abuja, and later in five other cities.
With per second billing system,
generated calls that ended in seconds would be billed in seconds and calls will
no longer be rounded off to the nearest minutes as currently charged by other
Unveiling its customers service
plans, Daz explained that Globacom is offering both pre-paid and post-paid GSM
services to the Nigerian telecom market.
Given a breakdown of these
services, Daz said the pre-paid service is made up of two modes, the pre-paid
premium and the pre-paid classic, while the post-paid services is equally made
up of two modes, the Optimiser and the Bundled tariff.
He explained that both the
pre-paid and post-paid are packed with low tariff that is affordable to all
Nigerians, irrespective of their status.
Speaking on the tariffs, Daz said
Globacom is offering 40 kobo per second and N19 per minute for calls within
Globacom network, but for calls generated between Glo mobile and other GSM
networks, Globacom charges 50 kobo per second and N24 per minute for the
pre-paid premium package which he said has a monthly access charge of N2, 500
for its per second and per minute billing systems.
For the pre-paid classic, there is
no monthly access fee and the tariff is put at 70 kobo per second and N35 per
minute for calls routed within its network, while calls from Glo mobile to
other GSM networks and vice versa is put at 80 kobo per second and N39 per
The Optimiser post-paid service
has a monthly access charge of N2,500 with a tariff of 40 kobo per second and
N19 per minute for calls within Globacom network.