Switch to ditch data glitch

17 Apr 2008

Users of Switch, the CDMA limited mobility service operated by Telecom Namibia, will soon be able to enjoy unrestricted internet/data roaming across the entire national CDMA2000 1x network. According to Telecom Namibia, the 2.5G internet access service (with peak 153kbps download speed) was previously limited to a single geographical user zone because of technical problems overcome at the beginning of this month, and not for legal reasons as is the case with Switch’s voice services. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database Switch was launched in November 2006 under a fixed line licence and initially offered unrestricted CDMA voice roaming, but, after complaints from mobile network operators, on 1 May 2007 the service was restricted to one specified access zone within each user’s home city/town/area. According to Paulus Iipinge, Senior Manager Internet Services, Telecom Namibia, all 1x handset and wireless modem users will now be able to go online in any town covered by the Switch network (although making/receiving calls outside their registered home town will still be impossible). Telecom Namibia set an investment budget for Switch of NAD36 million (USD4.6 million) in its current fiscal year ending September, and has expanded CDMA coverage to several new towns recently.