Vodafone, the british telecom operator is collaborating with the sub-saharan african telecom operator Afrimax to deliver 4G LTE internet services to Africa. Zambia and Uganda are already served with their broadband internet connection. Cameroon will be the third African country to benefit from their expertise as they're giving the final touch to their deployment of their activities.
The launch of Vodafone Cameroon is an exciting development for Afrimax and another great step in our ambition to build the leading company of LTE in Sub-Saharan Africa - Peter Langkilde (Afrimax GM) & Rob Philpott (Afrimax Financial director)
The launch of Vodafone Cameroon for consumers and businesses will be accompanied by the opening of shops and kiosks in Vodafone colors in the main towns of Douala and Yaounde, supported by a network of distributors and resellers, offering an attractive range of phones and devices compatible with the LTE technology. To SMEs, Vodafone Cameroon will offer a full range of access solutions, including LTE and wireless mobile data services, fixed Internet and a range of business solutions available in its direct sales outlets.
The equipment is already almost made and the company continues to strengthen its human resources
This will bring more competition to the already established telecom operators in cameroon notably Orange, MTN (where a lot of work is still to be done on their 4G networks) and Nexttel (whose 4G network is still to come, but it 3G network proved successful in the country). However the challenge now lies in prices that the company is going to imposed for access to it services.
One interesting service announced by Vodafone is the possibility of making phone calls through internet facilities. If this is true, i'm definitely going to subscribe to Vodafone and I guess i'm not going to be the only cameroonian to do so ;)