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Visafone, Nokia To Launch Dual Band CDMA

Visafone, and Nokia have entered into an agreement to introduce dual band mobile CDMA handsets for consumers through its over 3000 authorized dealer outlets nationwide, Visafone shops and kiosks, as well as through Visafone Strategic Partners (VSPs) in Nigeria. The aim of the partnership is to promote open market availability of CDMA devices with similar features and aesthetics as with GSM handsets.

The Visafone-Nokia partnership is in many ways a vote of confidence for Visafone and an affirmation of the coming of age of the CDMA sub sector according to Ninan Thomas, the Company's Managing Director. He said the aggressive growth in the subscriber base of CDMA operators which has in many ways been led by Visafone, has given mobile handset manufacturers and suppliers the confidence to make CDMA devices directly available to subscribers in the sub sector. Visafone reached a subscriber base of 3 million in less than 15 months of operation.

According to him, Nokia,s choice of partnership with Visafone is predicated on the latter’s aggressive growth, wide coverage, over 3 million subscriber base and sale of over 4 million phones within its first year of operations.

In the pilot phase of the partnership, Nokia will introduce 4 dual-band CDMA models in the mid to high-end range. Each device comes with exciting features: data compatibility, camera, FM radio and music capabilities including 12-months warranty. The devices will be available at all Nokia authorized retail outlets, Visafone branded outlets as well as through Visafone Strategic Partners (VSPs).

According to Phillip De La Vega General Manager Nokia Nigeria, ,,Nokia aims to connect Nigerians in new and different ways. With our CDMA devices and Visafone, Nigerians will be better connected to what matters and empowers them to make the most of every moment,,.

The Visafone-Nokia partnership is expected to help Visafone extend its leadership in the CDMA subsector. Visafone continues to focus on its three-pronged business model of delivering world-class service, wide coverage and excellent voice clarity endearing it to Nigerians as it provides ,,a passport to reach the world.,,

The Independent

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