Few weeks after news emerged of the imminent merger of three CDMA companies in Nigeria, a separate CDMA operator, with large subscriber base, Visafone, announced that it will offer Blackberry Internet Service to its subscribers. This will extend the telecom carriers offering blackberry service to Nigerians, increasing competition and creating new options for dis-satisfied consumers with GSM networks providing blackberry service.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Chairman of Visafone, Jim Ovia, said, “This partnership represents a big step forward in Africa’s mobile history and we are very excited to be at the forefront of such a ground-breaking development in the Nigerian market. 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 NCC’s efforts to achieve growth of data usage and quality voice services to the country’s 100 million active mobile phone lines.”
Speaking on behalf of blackberry maker – Research In Motion – the Regional Director for East, West and Central Africa, Waldi Wepener said, “We are proud to support Visafone with the launch of the BlackBerry solution to their customers in Nigeria, and to bring CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones to the region with Visafone for the first time. The BlackBerry solution from Visafone offers customers a strong selection of smartphones and a wide range of services that connects them to people and information around the country, across the continent, and throughout the world.”
The service is launching with three blackberry models BlackBerry Bold 9330, BlackBerry Curve 9310 and BlackBerry Curve 9370. Pre-order sales beings October 29 from Visafone retail shops nationwide.