Thursday, June 25, 2009

New CDMA Network Launched in Tanzania

A new network has launched in Tanzania, as Dovetel started its CDMA
network in Dar-es-Salaam. The network, branded as Sasatel will expand
its network in several phases over the next few years. The company is
65% owned by PME African Infrastructure Opportunities, an investment
company established to invest in sub-Saharan African infrastructure
and infrastructure related industries.

Dovetel bundles its broadband offering with fixed voice services and
offers limited mobility voice services to the low-end of the
residential market in order to increase penetration beyond the
traditional GSM target market for mobile voice.

In a recent statement, the company said: "The arrival of the
international sub-sea fibre optic cables to the East coast of Africa
this year is expected to accelerate the already rapidly growing
broadband market in East Africa. Dovetel is well positioned to
capitalise on this opportunity and is seeking to become the leading
broadband provider in Tanzania."

ZTE is the supplier of the network infrastructure.

PME African Infrastructure Opportunities is also setting up a WiMAX
network in Uganda and invested in the GSM network in Burundi being
built by Econet Wireless.

The country already has five active mobile networks, and according to
the Mobile World figures, Vodacom (42%) and Zain (30.4%) dominate the
market, along with Tigo (19.7%). Zanzibar Telecom (8%) does not
operate in the mainland. HiTS Tanzania has not launched yet, while
CDMA operator, Benson Informatics has a negligible customer base.

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