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LogoDaily Independent Online.         * Thursday, August 28, 2003.

Globacom introduces per second billing

By Emma Okonji

Daily Independent, Lagos


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 GSM operators.

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 minute.

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.




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