Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Visafone attains 1m subscriber-base

Visafone has attained the 1 million subscriber base with six months after it launched commercial operations on February 22, 2008.

This, according to the Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Toni Kan Onwordi is an unprecedented record in the annals of Nigeria’s very vibrant and exciting telecoms industry.

He also said that this achievement began on August 1, 2007 when the Nigerian Communications Commission issued Visafone its Unified Access License (UAL).

ITRealms Online recalls that Visafone launched commercial operations in 12 states and over 40 cities across the six geo-political zones from day one.

This coverage has since grown in the space of six months to 17 states, over 150 cities and 1 million subscribers underlining the company’s aggressive and exponential growth.

He reiterated the pledge by the telecom operator to make communication accessible to Nigerians across the 36 states of the federation.

“The Nigerian public, members of the press, Visafone Strategic Partners, our bankers and all other stakeholders who contributed in one way or the other to our successful launch and growth. We remain committed to spreading the joy of communication across the 36 states of Nigeria in the shortest possible time,” he said.

Noting that when Visafone launched commercial operations in February 2008, the managing director of Visafone, Mr. Ninan Thomas, had promised that his company would redefine the business of talk and communication.

“We will offer the best in terms of Quality of Service: voice clarity, seamless connectivity, wide coverage, mobile, 3G high speed data (EVDO) and a host of fantastic value added services,” Thomas remarked.

In another development, ITRealms Online recalls that the fast emerging leader in Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), Visafone, emerged the Best Telecom Brand in the country at the 2008 edition of the Nigeria Telecom Awards, which held in Lagos, according to the poll conducted by Phillips Consulting.

The CDMA operator has since spread its coverage areas to 17 states and over 150 cities just as the firm unveiled a new and innovative product that extends its Value Added Services (VAS) to its subscribers.

Tagged as the “RC Data Pay,” the product allows data users (internet subscribers) on the Visafone network to recharge or pay for internet subscriptions through their handsets, using recharge cards. The service could be used from any Visafone phone handset on any tariff plan, and the data subscription is automatically updated within seconds at the dial of a short code if the subscriber has sufficient balance.

“One more proof of Vodafone’s commitment to excellent quality of service and fulfillment of its brand promise of spreading the joy of communication,” Onwordi said.

According to him, Visafone’s three-pronged business model which is predicated on superior quality of service, wide coverage and excellent voice clarity, thus endearing the telco to the masses.

Further, Visafone promise to enable Nigerians experience the joy of communication, he said, has been exemplified in its introduction to the market of some of the classiest, most stylish and lowest priced phones that subscribers have seen in the history of the nation’s telecom sector.


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