Cameroon: Camtel improves transport network in north-Chad axis for better services

During an information session with the media, last Tuesday, March 7 in Yaounde, the company presented the missions, achievements and…

During an information session with the media, last Tuesday, March 7 in Yaounde, the company presented the missions, achievements and perspectives of the transport network

The Cameroon Telecommunications, CAMTEL has materialized the change of data transmission protocol on the optical fibre, with the objective of significantly improving the quality of service offered to operators and customers on the northern parts of Cameroon.

Marked by the recent WDM migration of the link along the Chad-Cameroon pipeline on the Yaounde-Zamengoé-Nkoteng-Nanga-Belabo-Kongolo-Gangui section, the said migration induces a real activation in the transport segment in charge of the management of the active and passive infrastructure.

The progress in transport network was presented to the media on Tuesday, March 7 during an information session held at the CAMTEL headquarters in Yaounde.

Thanks to the BUT( Business Unit Transport), an initiative spearheaded by THE General Manager Judith Yah Sunday, CAMTEL seeks to become the digital hub of reference in Sub-Saharan Africa; a challenge that requires the provision of reliable infrastructure capable of delivering services of international standards.

This programme has as missions, to set up Camtel’s marketing and commercial activities internationally to develop and ensure the operation, maintenance and securing of the transport network; to conquer new market shares and increase the turnover on the transport network segment.

It will also improve the strategy for collecting debts from transport network customers; ensure compliance with the requirements of the concession specifications and regulatory provisions; increase customer loyalty and satisfaction in the transport market segment.

Thanks to this vision, Cameroon currently has about 12,000 km of optical fibre, a self-healing protection loop and significant capacity. In terms of coverage, the fibre covers the ten regions, 51 departments and 209 districts with guaranteed accessibility, and a network interconnected to national and international networks.

The migration of the Kribi-Zamengoe-Gangui Pipeline to WDM aimed primarily at improving capacity on the northern backbone, responding favourably to the growing and pending demand from operators.

While stabilising communications from the north and Chad in transit, the migration of this network was initiated in 2022, on the instructions of Camtel’s top management, following the replacement of nozzles on the roads, which had made the network less resilient.

Camtel reports that so far , it has enabled the network to go from a speed of 10Gps to 120Gps. Its launch was motivated not only by the desire to optimise the use of the infrastructure by improving the rate of use, but also to stabilise traffic towards the far north and Chad while meeting the operators’ pending demand for capacity.

BUT’s prospects and projects obviously revolve around the development of infrastructure through the WE-Africa-NA project (Chad-Sudan, which aims to connect the East and West with Cameroon as a transit point), the creation of cross-border POPs, partnerships with the major players in the Internet content sector (Akamai, Google, Facebook, Amazon, netflix, etc.), international roaming agreements for internet and voice services, and the offshore platform for the sub-region and all other continents.



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