Telefonica: the end in sight for CDMA networks?

24 Nov 2008

BNamericas reports that Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is considering closing down its CDMA networks in Latin America in the medium term. According to the firm’s general director for Latin America, Jose Maria Alvarez Pallete: ‘By year 2010, if things keep going in the same direction in terms of commercial activity in GSM, we will be starting to think of switching off the CDMA network.’ According to Mr Alvarez Pallete, Brazil and Venezuela are the two markets where the operator has more activity in terms of CDMA technology. In Brazil, GSM technology currently represents approximately 62% of Telefonica’s client base while in Venezuela, GSM subscribers represented 52% of the overall mobile market at the end of the third quarter.