Canadian wireless broadband vendor Redline Communications, has been chosen by cellco MTN Cameroon to supply equipment for a twelve city WiMAX network. The first phase of MTN Cameroon’s WiMAX roll-out will include Douala and Yaounde, with ten additional cities connected by the end of 2008. During this phase, MTN Cameroon will install base stations with the capacity to serve thousands of users and will offer VLAN services to more than 700 corporate customers. The company expects to extend its services to more than 12,000 residential subscribers in Douala and Yaounde by the end of 2007. MTN Cameroon chose Redline’s ‘RedMAX’ equipment after a two year evaluation of WiMAX products from several companies.
MTN Cameroon launched mobile services in February 2000, following the purchase of state-owned CamTel Mobile by South Africa’s MTN Group. As at 30 September 2007 MTN had 2,237,000 active subscribers, giving it a 58% market share. Since 2000, MTN Cameroon has invested over XAF213 billion (USD485.1 million) in the development of a network which comprises over 377 base stations and has a presence in all ten provinces. MTN claims 80% population coverage.