Mobile operator Viettel Cameroon, which operates under the brand Nexttel, claims that it has already signed up around two million customers since its launch in September last year, writes Business in Cameroon. Nexttel, which is majority-owned by Vietnamese telecoms firm Viettel Group, was awarded its mobile licence in December 2012, fighting off rival bids from the likes of Maroc Telecom and Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel after pledging to invest nearly XAF200 billion (USD334 million) in the rollout of a mobile network that would cover 81% of Cameroon’s territory from launch, notes TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. After encountering a number of setbacks, the cellco eventually went on to launch commercial 2G and the country’s first UMTS services on 18 September 2014.
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