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Orange will no longer operate its CDMA network in Kenya and will replace it with GSM. The firm came to the decision after a review of the product as well as the infrastructure that supports the network. The change will be complete by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

‘CDMA technology is no longer able to favourably compete with 3G and LTE, its evolving GSM component. Moreover, CDMA is fast becoming obsolete around the world and maintenance of the same will not be a simple affair for any telco in the mid and long term. This switch over will allow us to focus our strategic effort on the advancement of GSM technology in this market.’ Said Orange CEO, Vincent Lobry.

The company will swap CDMA (Orange wireless) with its existing GSM (Orange mobile) in areas where CDMA was the only available option and continue to expand its 3G network across the country; with 41 more towns being open by the end of the first quarter, 2015.

CDMA customers that enjoyed services via that network will be able to migrate with their CDMA numbers.