Cameroon’s state-owned national telecoms operator CamTel has reportedly hired Chinese equipment supplier Huawei Technologies for the deployment of its GSM network, writes Investir au Cameroun. Rollout has begun in the capital Yaounde, according to unnamed company sources, and tests have already been carried out on the network, with deployment expected to begin in the country’s largest city Douala next. CamTel was awarded a 15-year licence for the establishment and operation of a mobile telecoms network in September 2014, and said it plans to begin offering GSM mobile telephony and data services in 2015. The state-owned company will join three other network operators in the wireless market: MTN is Cameroon’s largest by subscribers, with a total customer base of 9.658 million at the end of 2014 (a market share of 58.1%), ahead of second-placed Orange Cameroun with 6.277 million (37.8%), while a third operator, Vietnamese-owned Viettel Cameroon, launched the country’s first 3G wireless services under the brand Nexttel brand in September 2014.
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