Two Nigerian cellcos, Globacom and MTN, have revealed that 3G mobile services are ready to be launched commercially, as soon as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved their respective 3G tariff structures. An officer of Globacom, Okon Iyanam, said the new service, dubbed ‘3G Plus’, will be available to subscribers in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt in the first instance, with coverage extended to other major towns and cities in due course. Meanwhile rival MTN has said that 3.5G HSDPA services are ready for launch in several parts of Lagos. Both MTN and Globacom were awarded a licence to operate 3G services in March this year, paying USD150 million each for the concession. The cellcos’ 3.5G high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) networks will enable them to offer services such as live mobile TV, video calling, high speed internet and video on demand
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