Zoom Mobile re-enters telecoms market
Zoom Mobile , one of the nation’s Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators, has announced a comeback into Nigeria ’s telecommunications market with primary focus on data services.
Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Edwin Momife, disclosed this in Lagos at the re-launch of the brand. He said in the telecommunications business, the voice business had become saturated, affecting revenue of operators and making data services next growth opportunity for Telcos.
He said by 2016, there will be over 80million Internet connections in Nigeria, affirming that Zoom Mobile was poised to play a leading role in the nation’s Internet revolution.
With network coverage over 17 states in the country and over 124 base stations in Lagos alone, Zoom Mobile had been off the telecoms scene for some time because “they did not pay attention to the fundamentals when it succeeded at first. So when problems came in the CDMA space, it hit Zoom the hardest,” the CEO said.
He said: “We have, nevertheless, fixed the company and in six or seven months, we’ll start playing aggressively in the telecoms space. A lot of people expected that by now, there’ll be no Zoom Mobile. But we are up and ready for quality data services provisioning.
“We have the coverage, the solid network infrastructure and strong team to deliver on this promise. Our network in Lagos is already up and running and has good service. The Abuja network would be running from September 2012, while Port Harcourt and southsouth would be from June 2012.”
While restating the company’s commitment to providing quality and unrivalled Internet services to subscribers, he announced that the Telco has signed managed services deal with Huawei Technologies, MainOne Cable Company for bandwidth capacity and a number of Original Equipment Manufacturers to supply devices that would leverage the company’s data services.
He added: “In affirmation of our commitment to quality services, we have moved away from the SAT-3 cable and signed a contract with MainOne Cable Company for ample bandwidth capacity. We are also partnering Original Equipment Manufacturers and wireless providers to bring in affordable smartphones that even the ‘common’ man can afford.
“Smartphones, very soon, will get in the hands of ‘maiguards’; it will not be the exclusive preserve of the rich forever. To this end, we have commenced procurement of smart devices that will serve as suitable alternatives to high end devices such as iPads, Androids, BlackBerrys and netbooks. We have Zoompads, Zoom PCs, ZoomBerrys and dongles, all with bundled data plans.” he he he he These devices will appeal to large demographics,” he said.
(March 15, 2012)