Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), the country’s incumbent fixed line operator, has begun the phased decommissioning of its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network and plans to complete the process by the end of the year. In March the telco announced that it planned to switch off its MiNET-branded CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and WiMAX platforms, due to the high cost of operating the telephony and internet services and ‘a lack of supplier support for the current generation of technologies’.
In a notice published on its website, MTL says the first CDMA sites will be shut down this month in: Bumba, Jenda, Nkhatabay, Chintheche and Chikangawa (Northern Region); Bunda, Dwangwa, Kanengo, Madisi and Chiringa (Central Region); and Mudi, Zalewa, Chisitu and Nkolokoti (Southern Region). The final areas are set to be decommissioned in December 2017. The WiMAX network switch off, meanwhile, will commence in September and is scheduled for completion in February 2018.