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Cameroon Clarifies Status of Eto'o Telecom as Reseller

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With recent reports that Cameroon is about to get a new mobile network, the government has clarified that Eto'o Telecom is just a reseller of services and does not hold an operator license.

The new company, founded by international football star Samuel Eto'o Fils gained widespread media coverage when it claimed to have sold out of its initial 50,000 SIM cards within days of a pre-launch sale.

The general manager of Cameroon's Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) told Africa Review that, "the principal activity of Eto'o Telecom would consist of re-selling telephone traffic for already existing mobile telephone concessionaires, namely Camtel, Orange Cameroon and MTN Cameroon."

He added that around 60 companies offer reselling services in the country.

A senior official in the Telecommunications ministry said that TRA "has found it necessary to make this clarification because different statements by Eto'o Telecom have created the impression that it is a third mobile telephone operator in the country."

The company has applied for a full MVNO license, but that is still being considered.

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