Nigerian fixed wireless operator Starcomms has extended its network to cover the cities of Aba and Onistsha in the East, and Asaba, capital of Delta State. This brings to nine the number of cities where Starcomms is operational. The telco launched CDMA IS-95A services in Lagos in 1999. It began upgrading its network to CDMA2000 1x in 2003 and rolled out the first 3G 1xEV-DO improvements in parts of Lagos in March 2006. It recently reported close to 600,000 subscribers, up from 490,000 at the end of 2006, and is expecting to pass the one million mark by the end of 2007. The growth of its customer base has been driven by the launch of mobile services in February this year, which was made possible by the award of a unified service licence in August 2006.