Nigerian telecoms operator Starcomms has invested NGN1.35 billion (USD8.52 million) in expanding capacity and coverage of its CDMA network. Local newspaper The Nation reports that Starcomms has rolled out its network in a further ten cities, namely: the Federal Capital Territory, in Abuja; Oron, Ikot-Ekpene and Eket (Akwa Ibom State); Jaji (Kaduna State); Suleja (Niger State); Maiduguri (Borno State); Umuahia (Abia State); Tinapa (Cross River State) and Agbor (Delta State). The company’s chief operating officer, Logan Pather, said the funds will also allow Starcomms to roll out services to other parts of the country currently without network coverage, and also help to improve capacity in congested sites. He added: ‘Starcomms has continued to make significant investments in the telecommunications industry, despite the difficulties that characterise the business climate in Nigeria.’ TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Starcomms had a total of 1.15 million CDMA mobile subscribers at the end of 2010, as well as over 575,000 fixed-wireless telephony and internet users.
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