Hints have floated in the Ghanaian media several times and each time, the dates have been moved forward. Despite acquiring a license to operate a mobile telecommunication network in Ghana since May 2008, going live to the general public has been a struggle on several fronts, for Glo Mobile Ghana Ltd. However, I am inclined to believe Glo Mobile Ghana would go live in a few weeks, for 3 reasons:

Glo-1 submarine cable launched

The most credible hint to an imminent network roll-out came on 8th April 2011, when Glo Mobile’s submarine cable (Glo-1) was launched in Ghana. The cable would power Glo Mobile’s internet services.

Detected cellular signals

Though a specific date has not been announced, a scan on my smartphone reveals two signals from a cellular network that could only be Glo Mobile Ghana. The network ID is 620-7, in parallel 2G and 3G networks.

A screenshot of 2G/3G signals believed to be that of Glo Mobile Ghana

A screenshot of 2G/3G signals believed to be that of Glo Mobile Ghana

Like Airtel (then Zain), Glo Mobile would launch in Ghana using one of the recent mobile broadband technologies: 3.5G, enabling the new network forĀ  mobile broadband and video calling.

Glo World outlets

Though Glo Mobile secured several office spaces across Accra (and other cities/towns, I assume), the spaces were left empty and dusty for months.

A signpost to a Glo World outlet in Accra

A signpost to a Glo World outlet in Accra

Glo World outlets meant for sales and customer service that I have noticed across Accra are now being fitted with office equipment – another indication of a very imminent commercial launch.

Glo Mobile is expected to offer one of the best and most affordable mobile broadband in Ghana since they have unfettered access to their own Glo-1 submarine cable. Glo Mobile Ghana is expected to launch in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

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21 Comments

  1. Glo should hurry. Ghanaians have a way of losing interest quickly in something if they do not get it in time.

  2. Qalil Little says:

    I hope it becomes a reality. It would do wonders for the economy!

  3. Edward says:

    I heard they intend to launch as close to July 1st as possible, so they can benefit from the Mobile Number Portability advantage, if there will be any at all.

  4. zaa-idatu says:

    I am a young graduate and would be very happy to work with the GLO Telecommunication in Ghana. I just like the network and wants yhem to come soon.

  5. Sha says:

    Although I’m not really surprised Glo is taking its time, I do hope they start soon. It would be good for us all.

  6. Peter Gyabin says:

    Can any 1 tell me when exactly glo is arriving in ghana?

  7. Tutu Clement says:

    please Glo, Ghanaian need you. The competition waiting. Glo do smthing

  8. I wonder why Glo cannot come out for an official launch Ghana is in a need of you i cant wait to switch to your network,Ghanians are waiting for you badly…….

  9. alex siaw says:

    glo i want to move with you when are you coming to takoradi– i am waiting

  10. AC says:

    GLO I AM TIRED OF WAITING. I HOPE THIS LONG WAITE WILL BE WORTH IT. AC

  11. Eric Acheampong says:

    I don’t wamma wait in vain for glo. I’ve heard about their wonderful exploits in Nigeria and around the world and can’t wait for the official launch in Ghana. I heard the official launch is on July 31. Glo!! pls tell us something. As for my internet modem, I would wait for the SPEED and AFFORDABILITY!!!

  12. Michael Zegrkaar says:

    Though I have have a surb-contract from the main contractors,I still have the hope to be with them permanently.

  13. Vincent - accra says:

    Glo will do soft launch by the end of sept. And launch offially by the end of oct. Lets pray for them and keep hope alive

  14. Nartey Vincent says:

    I’ll urge glo to launch as quickly as posible because the more they delay the more the market keep falling

  15. KWADJO BRAINS says:

    ON THE 29TH OCT. MY FONE PICKED GLO NETWK. SIGNAL. THAT WAS THEIR SOFT LAUNCH. THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH WILL BE EARLY NOV

  16. Christopher k Sakyi says:

    Glo you welcome if only you will not disapoint us we’re ready.
    I think you have to start selling your product now thanks

  17. seth ampaw says:

    What day shall ghananian expect you?

  18. Amidu Mohammed says:

    Glo pls where can we locate ur outlets in Tema & Ashaiman

  19. Baah Stephen says:

    i am so excited when i heard that glo is coming to Ghana.but
    now it seems that there is no hope. If gio ghana is assleep, they should
    try as much to buck up thank you.

  20. ANSAH PETER says:

    i ve already reserved my number nd im waitin… im really crazy about the submarine cable cos is gonna be wowwww looool

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