MTN Cameroon, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has expanded its LTE network to three new cities, namely Kumba, Limbe and Bafoussam. A total of eight major cities are now covered by the South African-owned company’s 4G service, equivalent to 53% of the population. MTN first launched its LTE network in Douala, Yaounde, Buea and Bamenda in December 2015, with the seaside resort town of Kribi following in May, and the firm says that services will be made available in Ngaoundere and Garoua by the end of this month.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March 2015 MTN agreed to pay XAF75 billion (USD130 million) to renew its operating licence in Cameroon for a further 15 years, at the same time receiving permission to roll out 3G and 4G services. The firm pledged to deploy 3G and 4G services at more than 700 sites in 16 towns in the first year of rollout, before gradually expanding high speed mobile data coverage to 75% of the population by 2018.