Nigeria’s leading telecommunications operator and leading "triple-play" (mobile,
fixed wireless voice, wireless broadband) provider, is quoted on the Nigerian
Stock Exchange having being listed on July 14, 2008. It is the first
telecommunications operator in Nigeria to be listed on the domestic Exchange.
Starcomms commenced operations in 1989 with a customer base of less than 2,000, the network had crossed over 3.2
million subscribers; making it the 4th largest telecommunications operator and largest CDMA
3G Mobile network in the country. It is also the first CDMA 3G network to cross the three million
subscriber base in Nigeria.
Between 2002 and 2005, Starcomms focused on providing fixed wireless services
(due to PTO license restrictions), becoming the leading fixed line provider in the
country. Starcomms is the leading provider of 3G services in Nigeria
using CDMA 2000 EV-DO and was the first company in Africa to launch EV-DO high-speed
broadband services in June 2006.
The network launched its nationwide mobile services after being
awarded a 10-year (renewable) technology-neutral national unified license in May 2006,
which allows it to offer the full range of telecommunication services on a national
basis, as well as international gateway services.
Starcomms is currently present in 38 major cities covering 182 towns.
Major cities such as Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Kano, Zaria, Ibadan,
Benin, Ijebu Ode, Shagamu, Calabar, Warri, Owerri, Oyo, Uyo, Ogbomosho,
Abeokuta, Aba, Onitsha, Asaba, Maiduguri, Sapele, Umuahia, Nnewi, Awka, Rano,
Ilorin,Katsina, Jos, Bauchi, Enugu, Agbor, Suleja, Jaji, Gwagwalada, Ikot
ekpene, Oron and Eket are on the network. In 2007 Starcomms
was named both Nigerian Telecoms Company of the Year (Nigeria Telecoms Awards) and Nigerian Wireless
Telecoms Company of the Year (Nigeria Information Technology and Telecoms Awards).
In 2008,Starcomms was again named the CDMA operator of the year while iZap clinched the best internet product the same year. Also 1st telecom to be listed publicly on the Nigeria Stock Exchange
In 2009 Starcomms was awarded with whitehat network by spamhaus, West
Africa Best CDMA 3G Mobile Telecomms Network of the year 2009 (Institute Of
Direct marketing of Nigeria) also named Best CDMA company of the year 2009,Best
internet product of the year 2009 second time running, and Nigeria Telecom CEO
of the year 2009 (Nigeria information Technology and Telecom Awards) , the Best
alternative operator West Africa (Africa Telecom People Award 2009) and CDMA operator of the year 2009 (Beacon of ICT Awards