Yemba, a subsidiary of Providence Technologique, has become Cameroon’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) after inking a deal with government-owned CamTel. Yemba officials told reporters that there are ‘untapped potentials’ in the country’s mobile market, and the company hoped to gain two million subscribers by 2010. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, at the end of March 2008 Cameroon was home to 4.9 million GSM mobile users, with MTN claiming 58.4% and Orange accounting for the remainder. In 2000 South African operator MTN Group took control of Cameroon’s state-owned former monopoly cellco CamTel Mobile, but in May 2006 CamTel announced the creation of the Cameroon Mobile Telecommunications Corporation (CMT) in association with the National Investment Corporation in order to relaunch in the mobile market. CamTel has installed a CDMA-based convergent cellular and wireless in the local loop (WiLL) network.
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