Cameroon to benefit from more than 5,000 km optical fiber by end of 2011

28 April 2011

"Cameroon will have more than 5,000 kilometers of optical fiber cable by the end of this year", the Xinhua press agency was told on Tuesday by the minister for Post and Telecommunications, Jean-Pierre Biyiti bi Essam.

He made the announcement on the fringe of a telecommunications infrastructure development program in Yaoundé this week.

An optical fiber cable has been installed between Chad and Cameroon, covering 980 km. Says the minister: 3,200 kilometers are in the process of being installed by Chinese company Huawei.

Under this joint venture between China and Cameroon, the government of Cameroon envisages increasing the rate of Internet penetration among its population to nearly 40 percent by 2014 by using optical fiber.

Also, the minister indicated that new mobile telephony operators will soon make their debut in Cameroon, just as the law on electronic communications and the liberalization of the market has been promulgated.

Category: ICT

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