Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Vodafone Cameroon accused of operating on illegal terms

Cameroon telecoms minister Libom Li Likeng made a statement warning operators including Vodafone Cameroon that their activities are in violation of the current regulatory framework, reports Agence Ecofin. 

While the statement made no direct reference to Vodafone, unnamed sources within Minpostel (the Post and Telecoms Ministry) have revealed that it is in response to the recent launch of the ‘Vodafone Cameroon’ brand in the country. This launch follows the agreement between Vodafone and Afrimax Group, a LTE telecommunications operator in sub-Saharan Africa, announced in September.

The new Vodafone Cameroon entity is reportedly operating on a temporary licence awarded in January 2015 by the country’s regulatory authority ART, instead of the necessary authorisation from the telecoms minister. The Minpostel sources point to a power struggle with the ART, which in the last five years has allegedly been taking over licensing responsibilities that fall within the exclusive remit of the telecoms minister.

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