Nigerian fixed wireless operator Starcomms has deployed a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network in Abuja. The equipment was supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei, and enables average downlink speeds of 600kbps-1.4Mbps (with bursts up to 3.1Mbps), and 350kbps-500 kbps (bursting up to 1.8Mbps) in the uplink. ‘CDMA2000’s evolution path and significant first-to-market advantage have always been its strongest points,’ said Maher Qubain, CEO of Starcomms. ‘With Rev A, mobile broadband services in Africa can finally take off. Our state-of-the-art CDMA2000 network offers Starcomms customers the most powerful and affordable experience in telephony today.’ Starcomms was awarded a unified service licence by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in August 2006, and currently has around 800,000 subscribers. It is privately owned, with the backing of private equity firms Actis and Emerging Market Partnerships Africa.
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