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Monday, April 21, 2008

Visafone now in 13 states, 100 cities

Living up to the promise of its founder, Mr. Jim Ovia to be in 12 states before the end of April, Visafone Limited, has not only surpassed that expectation by one state, it has over 100 towns and cities on coverage.

Affirming this development, Head, Corporate Affairs, Visafone Limited, Mr. Toni Kan, said that when the telco rolled out in February it had targeted 12 states and 40 cities.

“Another record with its network coverage spreading across 13 states and over 100 cities and towns in Nigeria in just one month of operations,” he said.

A press statement from the company said, “we’re a wholly owned Nigerian company and we are fully committed to bringing Nigerians the very best in terms of voice and data services. Our promise to bring them the joy of communication is real and unshakeable.”

The telco said it now has network coverage in the Abuja and the following states: Lagos, Kano, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa-Ibom and in some towns and cities in Nassarawa, Ebonyi, Delta and Ogun states.

It would be recalled that the chief executive, Visafone, Mr. Ninan Thomas while speaking recently noted that his company would act as a spring board for Nigeria’s economic growth and development.

To achieve this, he said, the company would assist in fast tracking that growth and development through the provision of cutting edge communications infrastructure as well as seamless and efficient services that will ensure excellent customer service, unequalled clarity, the widest coverage and seamless connectivity.

Noting that the company recently received USD250m facility for a green farm telecoms company in Nigeria from a consortium of Nigerian banks had said that it will utilise the windfall for the company’s roll out, capacity building and network expansion.

In a related development, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operator, has introduced an unprecedented bonanza sale of Nokia branded handsets in its stock.

According to Mr. Kan, Visafone has slashed off over 50 per cent of the recommended retail prices.

This, he said, would see Nigerians walking away with high quality Nokia branded handsets for as little as N3,499.

The deal, he said, is to put quality and affordable handsets in the hands of Nigerians to enable them fully experience the joy of communication as promised by the telco.

He recalled that Visafone’s fantastic offer, which ran through the Easter period received overwhelming patronage from Nigerians who thronged Visafone shops and dealer outlets to snap up handsets, ranging from N1,600 to N1,900 for those with Frequency Modulated (FM) radio facility.

Meanwhile, Visafone is offering two weeks free Internet access to all its data subscribers who signed on within the company’s first month of operations in appreciation for being an early birds.

Subscribers have commented positively on Visafone’s fast paced Internet connection riding on the 3G RevA platform.

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