Ghanaian mobile operator Kasapa Telecom, a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecommunications International, has launched the country’s first commercial CDMA2000 1x service, in Accra, Tema and Kumasi. The cellco contracted Chinese vendor ZTE as the sole supplier of its high speed CDMA2000 1x network in July, enabling it to activate plans to shut down its outmoded AMPS system. According to Kasapa MD Bob Palitz, rollout is already under way and the cellco plans to expand coverage to seven regions of Ghana by the end of this year and all ten regions before next summer.
The smallest cellco in Ghana with less than 4% of the market at the end of 2004, Kasapa prides itself on offering the cheapest tariffs of the country’s four operators. Kasapa’s limited analogue infrastructure comprised cell sites in the capital, Accra, and the second largest population centre Kumasi. It launched its first pre-paid cards in March 2003 and by the end of the year had phased out all of its post-paid plans.