Nigerian fixed wireless telco Starcomms has announced that its subscriber base has exceeded two million. According to chief executive officer Maher Qubain the firm is currently enjoying a period of unprecedented growth: it claimed a million customers at the start of 2008, had added a further 550,000 users at the end of June and achieved the two million milestone on 24 October.
Starcomms was awarded a ‘Unified Licence’ in August 2006 enabling it offer a full range of telecoms services including fixed wireless, mobile, broadband and international gateway services. Operating over a CDMA 1xEV-DO-based network, the company initially launched fixed wireless services, but moved into cellular wireless provision in March 2007. As it stands, Starcomms has a presence in over 20 cities and 65 towns, with work in progress to extend its footprint to 20 states, 31 major cities and 140 towns by the end of 2008. Major towns and cities where the network currently operates include Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Kano, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Abeokuta, Ijebu Ode and Shagamu. Starcomms is quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange having held an IPO on 14 July 2008.