With 3 million clients currently connected to its network, Nextell is the 3rd mobile operator in the country in terms of customer base, far behind MTN and Orange Cameroun. In 2017, this telecoms operator owned by the Vietnamese firm Viettel, is planning to follow closely behind its competitors, by attracting 2 million new customers, to bring its customer base to 5 million clients.
The information was revealed this 17 February 2017 by Haman Oumar, Deputy Managing Director of Nextell. This was on the set of the Cameroonian private television channel Canal 2 International. To reach this goal, the same source explained, Nextell is counting the upcoming launch of “the real 4G”, specified Haman Oumar.
As a reminder, Nextell was the first operator to benefit from the authorisation to roll out the 3G technology in Cameroon. But, the delays observed in the company’s starting activities prevented it from profiting from the 2-year exclusivity granted by the Cameroonian government on this technology.
In March 2015, its two competitors MTN and Orange renewed their licences in Cameroon, with the authorisation to roll out 3G and 4G, which both operators launched the same year, within nine months of each other.