Nigerian operator Visafone has announced it is ready to launch services. CEO Ninan Thomas said, ‘We will offer the best in terms of quality of service: voice clarity, seamless connectivity, wide coverage, mobile, high speed data (3G) and a host of fantastic value added services,’ adding that Visafone had carried out a number of strategic acquisitions which already guarantee the company 100,000 subscribers and coverage in 40 cities and 13 states including the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. The company plans to employ over 5,000 Nigerians in the next three years and has entered into long-term partnerships with equipment suppliers and engineers like Huawei and Nokia. Visafone received a unified access service licence from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in July 2007 at a cost of NGN400 million (USD3.2 million). The licence is valid for five years and includes spectrum in the 800MHz band.