(Business in Cameroon) - Vodafone Cameroun has just changed its decision to exit the telecommunication sector. Indeed, during the last week of November 2017, Afrimax group, has resumed talks with Cameroon’s authorities; this, after it announced, on November 9, 2017, that it would exit the telecommunication market in Cameroon. Lets’ note that the Afrimax group was using the Vodafone brand before it has been suspended by the regulatory agency (in September 2017) because it did not own a license.
According to internal sources at the premature, where a copy of the mail sent to the minister Minette Libom Li Likeng has been received, Lars Stork reasserts the will of Afrimax Group to obtain a first-class license in order to use a telecom network in the country via Afrimax Cameroun.
Still, Lars Stork is the same man who announced the cessation of business of Vodafone Cameroon some days earlier. According to our sources, Afrimax group’s managers insist on the urgency of the license. They are thus backtracking their steps at the exact moment when YooMee Cameroun, a virtual operator, is distributing free 4G sim cards compatible with the modems of Vodafone, to this company’s ex-customers to entice them.
In the same vein, many of the company’s ex-clients say that they have reconfigured their modems to be compatible with the modems of Camtel, the incumbent telecoms operator.
But, apart from this equation, Afrimax group will have to solve if government delivers the license, the company will have to pay an initial fee before it enters the internet market in Cameroon, according to the regulation in force.
This regulation could cause tension between the company and Cameroon’s authorities, a source close to the case disclosed. The source also revealed that Cameroon’s authorities have never interrupted the process to give a license to Afrimax group. This, because the group, which made a remarkable entrance in the internet market in Cameroon in 2016 a year before its activities has been suspended by the regulatory agency, has never retrieved the license application it sent in September 2017.
Brice R. Mbodiam