Moldova to Start CDMA Network Thursday

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CHISINAU Feb 28 (Prime Tass) Moldovan state controlled national telecommunications operator Moldtelecom plans to start offering mobile services Thursday the company said Wednesday.

Moldtelecom has created a subsidiary called Unite that will provide mobile services in the CDMA2000 third generation (3G) mobile standard, Moldtelecom said.

Moldtelecom started operating the CDMA2000 network in 2005, but provided only wireline services using this technology. In June 2006, the operator received a license allowing it to start offering CDMA2000 mobile services, Moldtelecom said.

CDMA technology is often used for providing both wireline and wireless services.

Moldtelecom invested around U.S. $25 million in rolling out the mobile network, the company said, adding that the equipment supplier was China's Huawei.

The operator plans to sign up 40,000 users to its mobile network by the end of the year, Moldtelecom said.

Moldtelecom controls 99.5% of Moldova's fixed-line market. At the moment, two GSM operators, Voxtel and Moldcell, provide mobile services in Moldova. Cypriot-Moldovan company Eventis Mobile recently obtained a GSM license and is expected to start operations by the end of the year.

Interdnestrcom, a CDMA operator, operates in Moldova's breakaway republic of Transdniester.

As of October 1, 2006, Moldova's total mobile user base stood at 1.3 million users, while the penetration rate amounted to 38%, according to Russian analytical agency iKS-Consulting.

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