Comium Liberia, which was taken over by new investors in July 2012, has announced that it has relaunched under the ‘Novafone’ banner, with coverage of around 85%-90% of the country. The mobile operator has deployed a Dual Carrier (DC)-HSPA+ platform across its network, supporting theoretical downlink transmission speeds of up to 42Mbps, which it markets as ‘4G’. Speaking to TeleGeography, Novafone CEO Chady Salim disclosed that the company has targeted a 20% market share in the short-term. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the company accounted for 10.4% of the wireless market at the end of June 2013.
TeleGeography notes that the Comium Group faces an uncertain future in Africa; its debt-laden operation in Cote d’Ivoire is currently up for sale, with likely suitors named as India’s Bharti Airtel and Nigeria’s Globacom. Meanwhile, media reports circulated earlier this month suggesting that Comium’s Sierra Leone subsidiary was raided by the authorities over unpaid debts, and its future hangs in the balance.