Vietnamese telecom company, Viettel has adopted various IBM’s Smarter Computing services to enhance the 3G network in Cameroon.
The new IT platform based on IBM System x servers, IBM Smarter Storage systems and IBM DB2 software will help provide advanced integrated mobile services to millions of new Cameroonian subscribers, the company said.
“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. “IBM’s rich portfolio of smarter computing solutions is enabling us to provide next-generation wireless services at much lower cost.”
According to Pyramid Research the use of data on phones is minimal due to the lack of infrastructure in the West African country. Most mobile users opt to use their gadgets for calling and texting.
“The IBM Smarter Computing solution we are implementing will unleash new types of services in Cameroon,” said Viettel’s Phung Van Cuong.
“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.”
Viettel is reported to have invested more than US$400 million in Cameroon and eyes to expand to 15 other countries as it aims to cross the 1 billion user mark by 2020.