Ghanian mobile operator Kasapa Telecom, a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecommunications International, has contracted Chinese vendor ZTE as the sole supplier of its nationwide CDMA2000 1x network. The financial terms of the contract – ZTE’s first in the country – were not disclosed. Earlier this month Kasapa announced plans to launch 1x services in Accra, Tema and Kumasi by August. The cellco then plans to expand the CDMA infrastructure nationwide and turn off its current AMPS network by the end of this year.
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.