TelOne looks to CDMA to cope with chronic network problems

9 Dec 2008

Zimbabwe’s sole fixed line operator, TelOne, is reportedly planning to start rolling out fully mobile CDMA2000 technology. TelOne is relying on CDMA to provide a means of low-cost network rollouts in the face of Zimbabwe’s disastrous economic decline, and has recently admitted it has scaled down its operations in the face of chronic shortages of both electricity and backup fuel. At any given time 75% of its 154 fixed exchanges are estimated to be down, whilst theft of telecoms cables and equipment has reached unprecedented levels, contributing to further loss of service. TelOne’s Connect Easy CDMA-based wireless in the local loop (WiLL) service was launched in Harare in mid-2007.

Zimbabwe, TelOne