Globacom, Nigeria’s national carrier, has unveiled Wi-Fi Roaming to give its teeming subscribers seamless internet connectivity when they travel to 42 countries. The service gives Globacom subscribers who travel outside the country access to over 300,000 internet hotspots in 42 countries around the world. According to a press release issued in Lagos, Ajay Mathur, chief commercial director, Globacom, said Globacom subscribers on prepaid and postpaid platforms will be able to enjoy exceptionally fast Wi-Fi speeds on their mobile devices or tablets in popular locations such as airports, hotels, restaurants, stadiums and coffee shops in the countries where the offer is available.m“The Glo Wi-Fi roaming plans are like passes which grant our subscribers access to their favorite social media applications, websites or emails on any Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device or tablet. It automatically connects them to thousands of hotspots when they travel,” Mathur said.
According to Mathur, the service is available in Daily and Weekly hourly Wi-Fi plans which are affordable, easy to monitor and give the subscriber double validity. The Daily pack costs N2,100 for one hour and has a validity period of 2 days, while the Weekly Pack costs N9,200 for five hours with a 14-day validity. “Whichever pack the subscriber chooses, he is guaranteed the same clear and transparent rate across all available hotspots,” Mathur said. He added that each purchased plan has a period of six months within which the subscriber can use it. Some of the benefits the subscribers will be enjoying include internet speed three times faster than 3G, zero roaming charges, absence of contracts to use the service, zero fee for cancellation and round-the-clock customer service.
The countries where subscribers can enjoy this service include, France, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Japan, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, India, Austria, Belgium, Taiwan, Denmark, Ireland, Netherland and Russia. Others are Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Israel, Luxemburg and Malta. The rest are Martinique, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Reunion Island, Australia, New Zealand and Grenada. Mathur explained that subscribers who wish to enjoy the service only have to download the Glo Wi-Fi roaming App which is available on the Android market and Apple Store. Subscription is done via the app and by SMS locally before the customer travels. Subscription abroad would incur roaming charges as the subscriber would need to activate his roaming service to download app or send SMS.
He also said that the prepaid subscriber would need to load credit on his account to ensure he has enough airtime to cover his desired Wi-Fi plan, while the postpaid customer simply subscribes for the desired plan from the App and the cost associated with the plan will be reflected in his monthly bill.