Ghanian mobile operator Kasapa Telecom, a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecommunications International, has announced plans to launch a nationwide CDMA2000 1x network in August. The cellco is planning to turn off its current AMPS network by the end of this year and is offering existing users discounts on upgrading to CDMA handsets. Kasapa’s limited analogue infrastructure comprises cell sites in the capital, Accra, and the second largest population centre Kumasi.
The smallest cellco in Ghana with less than 4% of the market at the end of 2004, Kasapa prides itself on offering the cheapest tariffs of the country’s four operators, with prices comparable to fixed line calls. It launched its first pre-paid cards Kasapa and Kasapa Dash in March 2003 and by the end of 2003 it had phased out all of its post-paid plans, opting for a strictly pre-paid strategy.