Nigerian alternative fixed line operator Starcomms has announced plans to expand its fixed wireless access (FWA) services in the Rivers State capital of Port Harcourt. The telco says it has so far spent USD15 million on the roll out of CDMA2000 1x services in the city and has earmarked a further USD15 million in investment over the next 18 months. The FWA network is currently powered by 15 base stations and offers a full portfolio of voice, fax and high speed internet services to customer via a single FWA terminal.
Starcomms is one of a growing number of FWA operators providing competition to wireline incumbent NITEL. It currently offers services in Lagos, Kano and Maiduguri and has a network capacity of 500,000 lines; it claims to have recently signed up its 200,000th customer.