IBM Systems to Lead 3G Mobile Infrastructure in Cameroon

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Written by Makula Dunbar

Through IBM’s smarter computing system, Viettel Cameroon S.A.R.L. will soon provide high speed internet and voice services to consumers. According to Biz Tech Africa, IBM’s DB2 software, System X servers and Smarter storage systems will enable advanced and integrated mobile services.

Ushering in a new IT platform and covering 81 percent of Cameroon, the business partnership between Vietnam’s Viettel Global and Bestinver Cameroon S.A.R.L. stands as Cameroon’s largest telecommunications company. While IBM operation and storage systems will be used, Viettel Cameroon will handle data capacity, billing and CRM systems, Biz Tech Africa reported.

“This agreement marks our significant commitment to Cameroon – the second market in Africa we have invested in,” Phung Van Cuong, CIO of Viettel Group said in the report. “IBM’s rich portfolio of smarter computing solutions is enabling us to provide next-generation wireless services at much lower cost.”

Of 20 million people living in Cameroon, 49 percent use mobile phones — the majority for voice calls, the report noted. Now that the government has allowed Viettel Cameroon S.A.R.L. permissions to become the country’s third mobile phone operator, hopes for improved mobile technology capability and infrastructure are high. Integrated 2G and 3G services are set to attract six million subscribers by 2017, Biz Tech Africa reported.

“The IBM Smarter Computing solution we are implementing will unleash new types of services in Cameroon,” Viettel’sPhung Van Cuong added. “Those include things such as making a video call while surfing the Internet, playing interactive games with friends  wherever they might be, chatting online, connecting to multimedia apps through tablet devices, or paying for utilities or parking.”

According to the report, Viettel also has a presence in Mozambique and plans to expand to other countries promoting IBM’s backing.