YooMee commences TDD-LTE deployment in Cote d’Ivoire

3 Feb 2014

Swiss-owned wireless broadband provider YooMee Africa has reportedly started work on the deployment of its Time Division Duplex (TDD)-LTE network in Cote d’Ivoire, as the firm seeks to expand its West African footprint. According to Agence Ecofin, the company is spending EUR5 million (USD6.7 million) on the network, which will be deployed by French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent; the commercial launch has been earmarked for May 2014, and the company expects to sign up around 100,000 broadband customers.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, YooMe commenced operation in Cameroon in May 2011 as a WiMAX operator but is in the process of overhauling its network with TDD-LTE technology. Going forward, Rwanda is said to be next in line for a YooMee network rollout.