The Mubadala Development Company of the United Arab Emirates, part owned by UAE incumbent Etisalat, has received a four digit prefix for the exclusive use of its Nigerian telephony network, which it plans to deploy in the first quarter of 2008. According to local paper Business Day, executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Ernest Ndukwe confirmed that Mubadala had been allotted a numbering scheme by the regulator, but did not disclose further details. Mubadala will reportedly employ around 1,000 staff and invest about USD1 billion in the first phase of its Nigerian operations. Mubadala was awarded a unified access service licence by the NCC in January this year, including GSM900/1800 spectrum, national and international long distance fixed line concessions, and permission to offer internet services. The licence cost USD400 million, and the deadline for launch of services is 31 March 2008.