Nigeria’s Visafone Communications will launch what it claims is the first CDMA-based BlackBerry solution in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in partnership with Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM). According to AllAfrica, the two companies have confirmed a range of devices, including the BlackBerry Curve 9310, the BlackBerry Curve 9370 and the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphones, with pre-booking available from today.
Visafone’s chairman and founder Jim Ovia was cited as saying of the development: ‘We have responded to our customers’ demands for BlackBerry services by being the first to provide them with a suite of CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones that best meets the region’s growing mobile needs. More broadly, this launch is a major boost to the National Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) efforts to achieve growth of data usage and quality voice services to the country’s 100 million active mobile phone lines.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Visafone’s CDMA 1xEV-DO network currently covers more than 170 towns and cities across 26 states, and at the end of June 2012 the operator had 2.428 million subscribers on its books, giving it a market share of less than 3%.