Two months after the acquisition of Visafone, a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operator by MTN Nigeria, there are indications that MTN may not run Visafone as a CDMA operator, which was the initial plan prior to its acquisition. MTN is likely going to integrate the operation of Visafone into its GSM operation, and run it as voice over its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology network.
It gathered that although MTN had agreed with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator, to run Visafone as a CDMA company, it later realised that the CDMA technology is quite different from the GSM technology, which MTN operates, a situation that forced MTN to rescind its earlier decision to run Visafone as a CDMA operator.
NCC, it was gathered, gave approval to MTN to acquire Visafone, on the grounds that it would resuscitate the dying CDMA sector, where Visafone was operating as the only surviving CDMA operator in the country, along side MultiLinks that still offers skeletal services to very few subscribers on its network. Read more