The UK’s Vodafone Group and Afrimax Group, a 4G LTE operator in sub-Saharan Africa, have announced a new non-equity Partner Market agreement for Cameroon. The two companies will launch LTE data services under the ‘Vodafone Cameroon’ brand initially in the country’s two largest cities, Douala and Yaounde. The rollout for consumers and businesses will include the opening of Vodafone-branded retail stores and kiosks in key locations, supported by a network of distributors and resellers offering LTE handsets and devices. For SMEs, Vodafone Cameroon will also offer a range of connectivity products including LTE and Wi-Fi mobile data services, fixed internet and office solutions. Last month it was reported that the company had selected Chinese equipment vendor ZTE for the rollout of its end-to-end TD-LTE broadband infrastructure.
‘The next stage in our agreement with Afrimax for sub-Saharan Africa brings Cameroon to the Vodafone Partner Market family,’ commented Vodafone Partner Markets chief executive, Diego Massidda, adding: ‘I am delighted that consumers and businesses in Cameroon will now experience Vodafone’s high speed data services.’ The launch in Cameroon builds on the framework agreement between Vodafone and Afrimax, which was announced in November 2014 and has already seen the two companies partner to launch LTE services in Uganda and Zambia, as well as in Ghana, under the ‘Busy’ brand.