TelOne plans CDMA rollout

28 Feb 2007

Zimbabwean fixed line operator TelOne plans to deploy 30,000 wireless in the local loop (WiLL) lines based on CDMA technology in Harare before expanding the system to other urban and rural areas in phases, in an attempt to make communications accessible in all parts of the country. The CDMA network rollout, which TelOne says was also prompted by ‘rampant’ copper cable theft, will begin with the installation of eight base stations in the capital this year, reports TelOne says it only managed to add 15,177 new fixed lines in 2006 against a target of 40,000 as its expansion programme was curtailed by a shortage of foreign currency, and some of its network equipment is now 55 years old. The company’s wireline operations had a turnover of USD12.4 million last year.

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