Nigerian newspaper The Guardian reports that Visafone Communications, Nigeria’s fourth largest mobile operator by subscribers, will spend between USD300 million and USD400 million over the next two years on expanding its wireless network. According to the report, Visafone plans to plough the majority of the funds into deploying a 3,000km nationwide backbone covering all of Nigeria’s 36 states. Construction of the network will begin in the south-east, and then move towards the south of the country, before being extended to the city of Lagos in the south-west. Deployment of the cable will then head north via the capital Abuja.
In a separate story, Visafone has recently upgraded its network to bring its core switch capacity to six million subscribers, aimed at improving service quality. The upgrade will also ensure that the cellco can continue its rapid expansion of network coverage and customer acquisition without fear of congestion on the network. At present, Visafone covers 170 towns and cities in 22 states, though the company’s CEO Ninan Thomas revealed plans to provide coverage to all 36 states by 2011.