Cameroon’s Telecommunication Boosted As Optic Fibre Connects Ten Regions

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All 10 regional headquarters and hundreds of divisions and subdivisions in Cameroon have been connected with optical fibre. This information was recently disclosed by the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Biyiti Bi Essam, during the official inauguration of the laying of a linear 3,200 km-long optic fibre cable in Maroua.


The Minister, in his inaugural speech said the delivery of the optical fibre cable is a starting point of a generalised access to internet. “With the delivery of this optical fibre cable, the linear optical fibre of our country has moved up to 6000km, passing through the countries of the North, South, West and East with straps to neighbouring countries like Chad”, the Minister said.


Minister Biyiti said three years ago, Cameroon could barely boast of a thousand kilometres of optical fibre but today, the figure is multiplied by six. He used the opportunity to introduce the third telephone company in Cameroon. “By December 2013, Cameroonians will not only be making calls, but will be able to benefit from a telephone and internet of high output at very low prices.” He said internet connections have been boosted due to the construction of a second landing point of the sub-marine fibre optic cable in Limbe.

 

He however, acknowledged that the 6000km long optic fibre remains greatly insufficient for the country like ours which have ambitions to develop the digital system; hence “we need 10000 km or even 20000km of optical fibre to be able to network all regions of the national territory.” Biyiti Bi Essam said. He further revealed that government has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with its Chinese partners for the laying of about 4000km of supplementary optical fibre in the days ahead.


The representative of the Chinese Ambassador to Cameroon, Gao Yong Qin, said there is no doubt that in some years to come; information and communication technologies will become an important economic, social and political building block in Cameroon, adding that the people of Maroua will soon be able to sell their goods through the internet.


BY Lindi Bi Nabain

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