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Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Formerly known as Gilat Satcom, the Israeli operator Gilat Telecom announced on August 15, 2018, to have been chosen by Nexttel, the 3rd mobile operator in Cameroon, to deploy 4G technology.

In short, Nexttel "will use Gilat Telecom's fiber optic network in Cameroon and Africa, to provide its customers with fast and reliable broadband service," said the Israeli operator in its statement.

The choice of Gilat Telecom, already present through subsidiaries or partnerships in DR Congo, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Zambia, is the result of a call for tenders launched by Nexttel, and to which some number of major telecom service providers operating on the African continent, we learn officially .

"The demand for mobile broadband services is very high in Cameroon. [...] People want to be able to access online services from their phone, via a reliable and fast network. We are investing heavily in our infrastructure in Africa, allowing us to win big customers like Nexttel, "said Dan Zajicek (photo, with Nexttel's DGA, left, and Baba Danpullo, Nexttel's minority shareholder, right) , CEO of Gilat Telecom. The first mobile operator in Cameroon to be awarded a 3G license, which he struggled to exploit between 2012 and 2014, Nexttel is a company controlled by Vietnamese Viettel.

The rapid growth of this mobile operator in the local market, particularly thanks to the quality of its internet service and the coverage of rural areas, has enabled Cameroon to become the first market of the Viettel group in Africa, from the first half of 2016.

This position, Nexttel intends to consolidate by launching not only the 4G (announced for several months), but also the mobile money service (in partnership with the banker UBA), on which its competitors in the market that are MTN and Orange Cameroon, have already taken a good step ahead.

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