ANGLO-AMERICAN FIXED AND MOBILE CONSORTIUM KNOCKING ON DRC'S DOOR

Telecoms

An Anglo-American consortium is looking at offering fixed, mobile and internet service in the DRC using a CDMA network. The proposal is awaiting approval from the Minister of Posts, Telephones and Telecommunications. According to a report in le Phare, the consortium includes Comtec Industries, British Telecom and Lucent Technologies. At a presentation last week, Vincent Tambwe, a director of Comtec Afrique said that CDMA opened up the possibilty of wire-free connection to a wide range of premises. He also said that the technology would offer prices that would undercut the competition. Rob Hewitt of British Telecom and Todal Giacabe and Christian Braye of Lucent also explained the advantages of CDMA. BT's involvement will be at the level of handling international calls for the new consortium.

Le Phare

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