Telecoms regulator prepares to suspend Vodafone Cameroon’s activities for license issue

Accused of illegally operating on the Cameroonian territory since the launch of its activities in 2016, the case of Internet service provider (ISP) Vodafone Cameroon gets more complicated with the Cameroonian authorities.

Minette Libom Li Likeng, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (Minpostel), has just ordered the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) to withdraw the operating license issued to Northwave Sarl, which allowed Afrimax Group to absorb this Cameroonian company to create the FAI Vodafone Cameroon.

In order to justify the decision to suspend the activities of this operator, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications invokes the law governing the establishment and operation of networks and supplies of electronic communication services submitted to authorization system in Cameroon, which stipulates that the titles of exploitation are personal, non-transferable and do not confer any right of exclusivity.

As soon as the so-called “Vodafone affair” was triggered in October 2016, many observers saw in it operations by mobile operators operating in Cameroon, who see this operator as an unfair competitor having paid no entry fee, and able to operate only in the two main cities of the country (which account for 80% of the market of telecommunications in Cameroon), without being subject to the obligation of national coverage as concessionary operators.