MTN Cameroon Selects InfoVista to Consolidate Performance Management of Next-Generation Network

PARIS, France and HERNDON, Virginia—June 16, 2009 — InfoVista, gthe global leader of IP and RF planning, assurance and optimization software solutions, today announced MTN Cameroon, the leading service provider in Cameroon’s mobile telephony market, has chosen to deploy InfoVista’s VistaInsight for Networks and Mobile Knowledge Pack add-on module for end-to-end management of mobile data services to optimize the performance of its next-generation network.
 
To ensure the quality of its service through truly proactive performance management, MTN Cameroon—the Cameroonian entity of the South-African MTN Group, the leading provider of telecommunication services in Africa—has opted for VistaInsight for Networks and the Mobile Knowledge Pack to replace various tools currently in use across different network domains. The company needed a solution that would provide an end-to-end overview of its service performance and empower it to improve reliability through targeted, proactive troubleshooting of potential performance issues. A critical factor in MTN Cameroon’s decision to go with VistaInsight for Networks was the solution’s capacity to handle the different technologies currently implemented, as well as equipment from multiple network vendors.
 
“VistaInsight for Networks goes beyond simple performance management. It gives us overarching visibility of all of our network’s key performance indicators,” said Aline Flore Jounewe Koumessi, IP network planning manager for MTN Cameroon. “This invaluable information allows us to adapt network capacity to the ever growing bandwidth requirements of our services and foresee potential performance issues. All of this takes place on a single platform, which streamlines data from a highly heterogeneous technological environment.”
 
“The African telecommunications market is undergoing sweeping changes and experiencing huge expansion with significant growth potential. By deploying a next-generation network and embracing a performance management solution that is already used by major  service providers around the globe, MTN Cameroon is poised to get the most out of the technology,” said Roland Rodriguez, vice president of InfoVista operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “Our partnership with MTN Cameroon, added to the success we have enjoyed with other major players in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, validates our strategy for growth in emerging countries.”
 
MTN Group has operations in 21 countries and more than 80 million subscribers. MTN Cameroon, Cameroon’s leading service provider with more than 50 percent market share, has invested about $420 million to date to develop its next-generation network, designed for across-the-board delivery of all services—including fixed network services, mobile voice and data services, and high speed Internet services—to its entire customer base, ranging from enterprise customers to the general public.
 
About MTN Cameroon
MTN Cameroon is the leading service provider in Cameroon’s mobile telephony market. The company was created on February 15, 2000, following the acquisition of Camtel Mobile’s license by the South African Group, MTN. By December 31, 2008, MTN Cameroon had 3,574,000 registered subscribers, or 62 percent of market share. With sales of 182 billion CFA francs as of December 31, 2008, MTN ranks among the top five companies in Cameroon. To date, MTN Cameroon has invested nearly 300 billion CFA francs toward the development of a state-of-the-art network comprising over 546 relay stations, providing network coverage to more than 84 percent of the urban population as of December 31, 2008. For more information on MTN Cameroon, visit www.mtn.cm
About InfoVista: 

InfoVista is the leading provider of IP and RF planning, assurance and optimization software solutions and services that enable efficient network and IT transformations. Our award-winning solutions empower communications service providers and IT-intensive enterprises to deliver high-performing and differentiated services, while cost-effectively planning, operating, optimizing and monetizing their networks. InfoVista’s combined expertise and technology innovations in radio and IP networks provide more than 600 customers worldwide with a new level of network intelligence, visibility and control across the entire network life cycle. Using InfoVista solutions, they deliver optimal quality of service, ensure a high-quality user experience, invest appropriately and consolidate their OSS/BSS ecosystems, while keeping total cost of ownership as low as possible. For more information, please visit www.infovista.com.

Contact: 

Americas & Asia

Erin Hable
Account Executive
Sterling Kilgore, Inc.
(630) 964-8500 ext. 222
ehable@sterlingkilgore.com

Europe, Middle East & Africa

Clémentine Hegele / Alexandra Kedward
Hotwire PR France
+33 1 43 12 55 48 / +33 1 43 12 55 66
clementine.hegele@hotwirepr.com
alexandra.kedward@hotwirepr.com