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Cameroon – Telecommunications: Vodafone does not have the right to operate in Cameroon, according to MINPOSTEL!

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Written by Deckson N.

A statement from the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications issued late last week indicates that many telecom operators conduct their activities in violation of the regulations.

Inside sources at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MINPOSTEL) reveal that the media outlet of the Minister Libom Li Likeng is after the arrival of the British firm Vodafone on the Cameroonian market. Indeed, the statement of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications said: “The attention of my ministry was drawn to the fact that many telecom operators conduct their activities in violation of the regulations. I want to remind that in accordance with Articles 35 and 42 of the Decree of 14 July 2012 laying down detailed rules for establishing and/or operation of networks and provision of electronic communications services subject to the authorization regime, licensing or any security in lieu thereof, are the sole responsibility of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications. “

According to the magazine Investir au Cameroun which reveals that information on Monday, October 31, 2016, this statement implicitly indexes the Vodafone UK firm which, through a franchise agreement with the company Northwave Sarl, owned 100% by Afrimax Group, has launched marketing a few weeks ago of its 4G LTE services in the cities of Yaounde and Douala, which alone account for over 80% of the telecom market in Cameroon. This, thanks to a “temporary measure ” issued to them by the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (TRA) on January 8, 2015; and not by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, one public authority empowered by law to issue telecom licenses. we learn.

Also according to Investir au Cameroun, Minister Libom Li Likeng seized the CEO of ART to let him “note that the transitional securities issued by him are taken in violation of the regulations, and are likely to undermine the regulation of strategic telecommunications sector in a sensitive security situation.Jean Louis Beh MenguĂ©, CEO of ART, was “ordered to issue a press (…) specifying the details of the license granted to Northwave Sarl“; a license which won’t have included the operation of the “LTE networks and services, which are reserved to only the only companies concession holders“. To be continued…

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