MTN Cameroon, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has pledged to invest over XAF4 trillion (USD6.5 billion) in its wireless operations over the course of next 15 years, the company revealed while renewing its operating licence in Yaounde yesterday. The South African-owned cellco plans to deploy a 3G/4G network across more than 700 sites in 16 towns in the first year of rollout, before gradually expanding coverage with the aim of reach 75% of the population by 2018. MTN Cameroon agreed to pay XAF75 billion to renew its GSM licence, which expired on 15 February 2015, for a further 15 years. Alongside the renewal, the cellco has also received permission to launch 3G and 4G services, enabling it to compete with Viettel Cameroon (Nexttel) in the high speed mobile data market. A report by Reuters claims that Orange Cameroun, a subsidiary of France’s Orange Group, is set to renew its operating concession today for XAF75 billion, while additionally receiving clearance to offer 3G.
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