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Viettel Delays Launch of New Network in Cameroon

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Vietnam's Viettel has delayed the launch of its network in the African country of Cameroon.

The company's deputy managing director, Moise Bayi made the announcement during a country visit and blamed the delays on poor weather and delays in negotiating permits to install base stations.

The network had been due to launch by the end of next month, but will now launch around the middle of the year he confirmed.

Viettel owns 70% of the local mobile network, with the rest owned by BestInver Cameroon. Bayi also played down reports of a rift between the two shareholders.

The country currently has two mobile networks, MTN and Orange. It was claimed that a third network, founded by local footballer, Samuel Eto'o had been licensed, but the regulator said it was just a reseller of services.

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