DRC’S CITRACO TO DEPLOY WIRELESS NETWORK IN KINSHASA

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According to an interview in Le Phare Richard Cibangu Muamba of Congo International Transaction Company (Citraco) intends to offer telephony, data and video services using IP protocol. It plans to offer a wireless network in Kinshasa intially and then across other parts of the country. Its clients are connected to this network using Motorola equipment (using 5.2 and 5.7 GHZ) that he says is free from interference. This technology option was chosen as it offered the highest speeds available.

The telephone service operates through a switch at the incumbent telco OCPT and it has launched it as a prepaid card service branded Omega. It claims to offer competitive rates for international calls to all destinations. It costs USD5 for 60 minutes to North America and Europe and USD50 for 600 minutes of conversation. Current regulation means that OCPT has to sign interconnection agreements with operators like CITRACO. It wants to introduce public call boxes outside Kinshasa but its initial plans are for 20 call boxes in the capital itself. Initial towns targeted outside Kinshasa will include Béni, Butembo and Mbuji-Mayi.