Cameroon Telcos Collaborate To Form A Representative Organisation

Cameroon's telcos have joined forces to put together a representative organisation, the Cameroon Association of Telephone Mobile Operators (CATMO).

CATMO was established recently in Douala and is led by the General Manager of Orange Cameroun, Frederic Debord and Moise Bayi, the General Manager of Viettel Cameroon (Nexttel).
The organisation aims at fast-tracking the development of Cameroon's mobile telephony industry and also encourages the sharing of information and best practices.

Frederic Debord, who serves as the President of CATMO, said that the creation of this organisation is a significant step in the right direction and that it would be a platform of exchange amongst Cameroon's telecoms operators and regulatory authorities.

Debord added that the organisation's core objective is to achieve an atmosphere of dialogue amongst the regulatory body - Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB), and all companies involved in the electronic communication sector and its members.

Membership to CATMO is open to all of Cameroon's telcos, but not all operators have signed up yet.

The relationship between local telecoms providers and the industry regulator has been rocky, mostly due to issues surrounding network quality and installation, tariff plans and subscriber identification.

MTN Cameroon, Viettel Cameroon (Nexttel), Orange Cameroun and Camtel (the state-owned telco) operate in Cameroon and cover over 20.1 million mobile phone subscribers.

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