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ZANTEL SET TO ROLL OUT ITS OWN HYBRID GSM/CDMA NETWORK

Zantel is set to roll out its own network this year on the mainland, using a combination of GSM and CDMA. It wants to use the latter to offer fixed wireless and Internet and sees itself becoming “more than a mobile company”. Currently Zantel is using Vodacom’s network, effectively operating as an MVNO. According to George Chimalilo, Marketing Manager, Zantel speaking at GSM East Africa the average prepaid user can expect a 30% reduction on Vodacom’s prices. This must give some idea of the size of Vodacom’s current margins.

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