Having been forced to suspend its services almost two weeks ago, Vodafone Cameroon is now reported to have lodged an application for an operating licence with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Minpostel).
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month it was revealed that Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board (Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications, ART) had suspended the activities of 4G LTE provider Vodafone Cameroon, which is part of the Afrimax Group. The move was prompted by a decision from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Minpostel) that the firm’s operating licence had been invalidated by dint of its transfer from Northwave to Afrimax. According to news portal Business in Cameroon, which cites unnamed sources at Vodafone Cameroon, the cellco has officially lodged a licence request for Afrimax Cameroon SA, the Cameroonian subsidiary of Afrimax Group which absorbed Northwave. Notably, however, it has been claimed that the company is only seeking a concession which would allow it to offer services in Yaounde and Douala; it has been suggested that this could itself lead to issues in negotiations with authorities, as Vodafone’s rivals – which all hold nationwide licences – are required to provide services across the Central African country.