MALI: FIXED LINE INCEMBENT SOTELMA ROLLS OUT CDMA 2000 IN BAMAKO
Mali's Sotelma is soon going to implement a CDMA 2000 network that it hopes will replace much of its existing infrastructure, particularly at the local loop level. This new infrastructure deployment is the result of a partnership between the Sotelma and the Chinese telecoms equipment company ZTE.
According to the project co-ordinator Boubacar Coulibaly, this new system presents many benefits and will improve the capacity and voice quality, extend the network coverage and will help to introduce high-speed data transmission. The system which will cover the whole of the capital Bamako has a capacity of 6,000 lines that can be expanded to 10,000. Three base stations will be built alongside the river, the main one in Bamako-Coura and two others Sabalibougou and Souleymanebougou. This new network will enable 15% of the total number of telephone subscribers to get high speed internet connection.
The CDMA project will give Sotelma the capability to connect more fixed lines and extend its range of services to include high speed internet connections, call waiting and forwarding, automatic alarm setting and itemised billing. The installation of the equipment for the different component of the system took 3 months and the overall cost of the project amounted to FCFA 828 million(around US$1.5 million).