Mobile network operators in Cameroon are scrutinising The TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to capitalise on business opportunities linked to digital infrastructure and communication.
Prior to start of the tournament, Judith Yah Sunday, General Manager of state-owned Camtel confirmed via a message posted on Twitter, that the company had upgraded the quality of its services and put it place state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure to ensure optimal coverage during the competition.
MNOs have initiated promotional campaigns in a bid to increase returns or attract new subscribers.
Orange Cameroun, an official sponsor of AFCON, announced a competition whereby subscribers who make Orange Money transactions (transfer, payment or withdrawal) to the value of CAF 5000 or more, or who subscribe to a bundle of at least CFA 250 francs, can win.
The telco has also put 500 smart TVs and 15 cars up for grabs.
MTN Cameroon has initiated a competition for subscribers who, based on certain transactions, stand a chance to win 500m2 pieces of titled land as a prize.
The operator also has voice, SMS and data bonuses in store for its subscribers during the AFCON.
MTN Cameroon, Orange Cameroun, Nexttel and Camtel have either set up their own fan zones or kiosks around general fan zones where they offer customer services such as sale of SIM cards, identification, installation of specific apps, sale of mobile hardware, etc.
The AFCON 2021 tournament has, however, been overshadowed by the deaths of eight people and injury of 38 others following a stampede on Monday during the Cameroon Vs Comoros 8 final match at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde.
This has been confirmed by Cameroon’s Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson, Rene Emmanuel Sadi.
CAF said it was investigating the situation.