Nigerian CDMA network operator Starcomms has introduced a new modem based on EV-DO Rev B technology, enabling increased broadband data rates for residential and business users. Local newspaper Vanguard reports that the new ‘iZap Plus’ modem supports maximum download speeds of up to 9.3Mbps, while theoretical upload speeds of up to 5.4Mbps can be achieved. Logan Pather, CEO of Starcomms, said the launch of iZap Plus was aimed at providing an improved broadband experience to all of the company’s customers. He added that the new modem will initially be available in Lagos, but will be subsequently rolled out to other parts of the country. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Starcomms began deploying an EV-DO Rev B upgrade towards the end of 2010. The company upgraded its fixed-wireless network to 1x EV-DO in certain parts of Lagos in June 2006, while a Rev A upgrade followed in March 2008 in Lagos and Port Harcourt, offering services under the ‘iZap’ banner. By the end of 2010 iZap services had been expanded to Abuja, Ibadan, Calabar, Warri, Benin City, Abeokuta, Ilorin, Kaduna and Zaria.
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