In really surprising news, Cameroon has just launched its first commercial 3G network as Nexttel commences operations. Before now, the country had just two GSM networks, MTN and Orange, and those two did not run 3G services. Cameroon reportedly has a mobile market penetration rate below the African average.
Viettel is Vietnam’s largest mobile network operator, a state-owned enterprise wholly owned and operated by the Vietnam Ministry of Defence. In a joint-venture with Bestinver Cameroon S.A.R.L., Viettel won the Cameroon licence in December 2012, launched service this year, and now operates using the brand name, Nexttel.
In contrast, Nigeria launched its first 3G service in 2008.