Cameroon’s Camtel Gears Up For First GSM Deployment

The state-owned telco Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) is getting ready to deploy its first GSM network in an effort to secure more market share.

Camtel holds just under 3% of the local telecoms market and has been overtaken by competitors Orange Cameroun, Viettel (Nexttel) and MTN Cameroon.
Cameroon’s government, via the Telecommunications Regulatory Board, recently awarded the company three concession agreements.

According to Minette Libom Li Likeng, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, the agreements include a licence allowing Camtel to run a GSM network through its mobile communications network.

Camtel said that its subscribers would immediately be able to use the new mobile service as all the network infrastructure is already in place.
Camtel also plans to add 60 new base transceiver stations by the 31st of December 2020.

Furthermore, the government renewed the network provider’s fixed telecoms network licence which had expired after 15 years, and also allowed the company to expand its national fibre optic backbone.

This will allow the company to diversify its fibre network and boost its coverage in remote areas. It will also permit the telco to reduce internet cost while creating more jobs in the country.

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