IBM has announced that Viettel Cameroon, which was granted the country’s third mobile network licence in December last year, is using an IBM Smarter Computing solution to enable the operator’s 3G infrastructure and provide high speed mobile data and voice services. The new IT platform is based on IBM System x servers, IBM Smarter Storage systems and IBM DB2 software. Under the agreement, Viettel Cameroon will provide the IT infrastructure for these new mobile services with capacity of handling approximately 10Tbps of data. ‘This agreement marks our significant commitment to Cameroon – the second market in Africa we have invested in,’ commented Phung Van Cuong, CIO of Viettel Group, adding: ‘IBM’s rich portfolio of smarter computing solutions is enabling us to provide next-generation wireless services at much lower cost. The IBM Smarter Computing solution we are implementing will unleash new types of services in Cameroon.’ Viettel Cameroon is a joint venture between Vietnam’s Viettel Global and Bestinver Cameroon. Having invested more than USD400 million in Cameroon, Viettel aims to expand to another ten to 15 countries to cover a market of one billion users by 2020, with an average revenue growth rate of 20% per year.
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