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Orange takes CDMA across Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 5 – Telkom Kenya’s commercial brand Orange has re-introduced its Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) national service.

The company said on Thursday that it would also commence tests for a set of new regional tariffs based on provincial geographical zones.

Formerly known as Telkom Wireless and now branded as Orange Fixed Plus, the CDMA service offers a fixed phone line that can be taken out of the house or office and used like a mobile phone within the customer’s region.

Speaking during a prize handover function for Orange subscribers who participated in the recent Orange Fixed Plus Nyakua Bonge la Ushindi promotion, Telkom Kenya’s Head of Corporate Communications Angela Ng’ang’a-Mumo confirmed that CDMA services reputed to be relatively stronger than GSM, will now be available countrywide.

Telkom hailed the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) for allowing the firm to reintroduce the service on a national scale, Mrs Mumo stressed that Orange Fixed Plus subscribers will continue to enjoy superior services on the firms CDMA platform.

“Technically, CCK requires telecommunication service providers operating CDMA platforms to operate within regional zones thus the need to introduce a national roaming service,” she explained.

“Over the past one year, Telkom Kenya has been continuously expanding and improving our suite of voice and data services for both corporate and individual customers and we continue to revise our product offering to ensure value for money to the consumer.”

The reintroduction of a national CDMA service solution on Telkom Kenya’s platform will further spur the firm’s positioning as an integrated telecommunications service provider.

In his address, Samsung Mobile Regional Sales Manager Patel Amit, noted that his firm’s continued partnerships with Telkom Kenya are increasingly helping to raise telephony penetration rates in Kenya.

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“Such promotions help to attract and reward loyal subscribers into the network which effectively helps to raise penetration rates,” Mr Amit explained.

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