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Gicell Wireless announced plans to roll out a mobile network with what it said is the cheapest call tariff ever in Nigeria. CEO Malam Usman Abubakar Gumi told the Daily Trust that the new CDMA2000 network in the 450 MHz band will debut in February, covering five states. Gicell, which has financial backing from the World Bank, aims to quickly expand that to nationwide coverage. The company has been designated a universal access service provider, focused on services for un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria. Gicell has secured a grant of USD 5 million from the World Bank for the project, and local banks, corporate groups and individual investors are also partly funding the project.
MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, has announced plans to invest up to USD1.6 billion during 2009, according to Punch Nigeria. The planned investment will help improve the quality of service on its network, which currently covers 90% of the population. Wale Goodluck, corporate service advisor of MTN Nigeria, said the company has invested in building up transmission networks over the past four years in order to make up for the country’s lack of telecoms infrastructure. MTN Nigeria’s wireless subscriber base has grown rapidly over the past three years. The cellco had 20.17 million customers in September 2008, up from 14.95 million a year earlier.