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Monday, July 20, 2009

Etisalat connects Maiduguri

Innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria, has expanded its network coverage with the recent launch of services in Maiduguri, Borno State, unbundling such products as Easy Starter and Easy Cliq available for the people of the state.

At a ceremony to mark the launch Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Baba Hammed Jidda who represented the Executive Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sherriff, expressed optimism that Etisalat replicate the world class service the operator is known for, in the state.

Speaking at the occasion, Etisalat chairman, Mr. Keem Belo-Osagie, represented by a member of the board, Alhaji Bello Garba, said Etisalat is starting off in Borno metropolis with a great deal of enthusiasm.

“… As we stay true to our vision of becoming one of the top ten telecommunication companies in the world by 2010. I am confident that the superior services we are noted for in five continents of the world, where we operate, and the reason for NCC’s recent pronouncement of Etisalat as the best telecommunications company will now be enjoyed by the good people of Borno State,” he said.

The chairman noted that at inception, Etisalat had set a target of covering 50 per cent of Nigeria by end of 2009 and 80 per cent by December 2010, stressing that it would be a third of the time it took the other operators in the market to roll out their services nationwide.

Right now, he said, Etisalat had rolled out services in Lagos, Oyo, Abuja, Rivers, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Plateau, Borno and Adamawa States.

Equally speaking, the chief executive officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Steven Evans,
said that the network had a current ability to accommodate 4 million subscribers at the moment but that work is nearing completion in upgrading the capacity to take 12 million subscribers.

This, he explained, would ensure the network is ever ready to cope with the anticipated number of new subscribers on the network in the new areas where it has rolled out its services in recent times.

“We are keen to ensure that we have more capacity available on our network than the subscribers joining our network. In that way, we would not be sacrificing the quality of our service no matter the number of subscribers who join our network. Our ultimate aim of being Nigeria’s best GSM service provider has already being realized with the NCC naming us as number one in terms of quality of service. We intend to remain Nigeria’s best network forever so we take issues of quality of our network very seriously,” he asserted.

ITRealms Online recalls that recently introduce 9jillions promotion, which is a unique 3-in-1 consumer promotion designed to reward both old and new subscribers on the Etisalat network with bountiful gifts ranging from phones to cash worth millions of naira and an ultimate grand prize of one million US dollars ($1million).

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