CAMEROON: CAMTEL LAUNCHES CDMA NETWORK TO COMPETE WITH EXISTING NETWORKS
CAMTEL has started to operate CDMA-based elements within its mobile network. It believes that the much-vaunted cost savings and additional functionality will help it compete with Cameroon's other GSM-based operators. It is making much of the increased radius (30-50 kms) of antennae using CDMA and the ability to offer domestic subscribers a phone without needing the cost of putting in a copper connection.
As incumbents using CDMA increasingly advance this kind of business strategy, it is clear that they hope to blur the differentiation between fixed and mobile lines and end up with more subscribers paying higher domestic rates. The almost ubiquitous Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei has been responsible for installing 20,000 lines in this first phase. In 2004, Camtel conducted an initial trial with 10,000 lines in Yaoundé et Douala.