Video: Chairperson of 4G Africa AG (parent company of YooMee) on WiMAX in Cameroon
In May 2011, YooMee, a subsidiary of 4G Africa AG, recently launched 4G services in Douala, Cameroon and Yaounde, Cameroon.The company touted affordable mobile or desktop Internet service with speeds up to 640 kbit/s (more than double the average market offering). An interview with Anat Bar-Gera (Chairperson of 4G Africa AG) made by INSEAD during a global entrepreneurship forum rehashes much of the YooMee press release announcing service in Cameroon, but provides some interesting tidbits on WiMAX (and eventually LTE) service for Africa:
- Douala, Cameroon (2 million+ population) was covered with WiMAX in 5 months, using 45 base stations.
- WiMAX is currently part of 4G, but there is an assumption that it will be adopted into LTE in the future.
- Not public spectrum – need regulatory approval and committal that you will cover nation.
- 4G Africa’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art affordable wireless Internet to people & businesses of SSA.
- First country is Cameroon (didn’t specify which nation is next on 4G Africa’s radar).
- The YooMee website saw 600 Cameroonian visitors on day following 4G launch.
- For reference, there are 220,000 Facebook users in Cameroon.
- 1% broadband in Africa.
- Committed to closing digital divide. People get an idea of how fast they can actually send emails.
- In future, will show people how they can produce local content and generate income using online means.
Interesting how 4G Africa AG publicly has two bottom lines: one for making profit and the other for closing the digital divide.