GiCell rolls out CDMA network

27 Jan 2009

Nigerian company GiCell Wireless is to roll out a CDMA2000 network in February, according to Daily Trust. The network, which will initially cover five rural states, is funded by a USD5 million grant from the World Bank’s International Development Agency, as well as local banks, corporate groups and individual investors. Malam Usman Abubakar, CEO of GiCell, claims the network will provide the cheapest ever call tariff in Nigeria. He said, ‘We intend to cover the country within the shortest possible time and have started with these five states to meet the World Bank requirement. We have been selected as their first universal access service provider in Nigeria; to provide telecoms service to un-served and under-served areas in the country.’ GiCell was established in January 2006 and received a unified access service (UAS) licence in November that year. The CDMA infrastructure has capacity for 60,000 subscribers and supports both fixed-wireless and cellular services.



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