Mobile network operator, Orange Kenya, has announced its plan to move subscribers from the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) network to the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM), effective May 4, 2015, according to a report from Techmoran.
The reason for this move was echoed during an announcement by the firm that the CDMA technology is no longer able to favourably compete with modern technology (i.e. 3G and LTE) used by most Telcos.
The firm also stated that the migration is also aimed at improving its services, ensure viability and improve quality of network service.
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“The firm will tonight swap the CDMA network (Orange wireless) with its existing GSM network (Orange Mobile) in areas where CDMA was the only available option so users will migrate their CDMA numbers (e.g. 020-XXXXXXX), onto a GSM SIM card,” said CEO, Vincent Lobry.
Furthermore, the firm had iterated that the affected CDMA (Orange Wireless) and EVDO (Modem) customers will benefit from the company’s device subsidy policy, to a range of vouchers from KSh 500 to KSh 10,000.