Friday, June 19, 2009

Nigeria's GiCell Wireless To Boost Rural Coverage

Nigerian CDMA network operator, GiCell Wireless says that it plans to
spend over US$700 million over the next three years to expand its
rural coverage. The company is already covering five of the country's
thirty-six states and expects to create nearly half a million direct
and indirect jobs.

GiCell Wireless' CEO, Usman Gumi told the local Business Day newspaper
that the company has already spent US$50 million and secured a subsidy
of US$5 million from the World Bank.

He said: "We intend to cover the country within three years but we are
taking off from these five states to meet the World Bank requirement
having been selected as the first Universal Access Service provider in
Nigeria to provide telecommunication to un-served and under-served

According to him, the company was awarded the contract to provide
telecom service to three routes, which include - Yola-Biu,
Ilorin-Yasika (through Oyo State ) and Calabar-Obura Routes, out of 24
routes mapped out by the World Bank for rural telephony.

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