(Business in Cameroon) - On 30 December 2011, Camtel, the Cameroonian telephone service provider entrusted with the management of the fibre optic infrastructure in Cameroon, signed a commercial and technical agreement with the Chadian Company in charge of infrastructure for the transmission of electronic communications via the fibre optics cable (Sitcom), for the interconnection of fibre optic terrestrial transmission networks, following the Chadian President's visit to Cameroon.
Camtel considers the windfall to be rather substantial even though the exact amount is not revealed. Benjamin Assouzo'o, the Camtel communication officer explains: «Camtel is Sitcom's technical partner. Actually, Chad has only 700 km of fibre optics even though the country is huge and needs thousands of km of fibre optics. In the same way as the Chinese were paid to install the fibre optics in Cameroon, Camtel will install this fibre optics in Chad. This will generate billions of CFA francs in Cameroon».
The Chadian Minister of Posts and New Information and Communication Technologies, Jean Bawoyeu Alingué, announced Friday that «there are plans to establish a nationwide fibre optic network covering over 3000 km is scheduled and will require the mobilization of substantial additional resources».