Cameroon’s state-owned fixed line incumbent CamTel has secured a XAF3 billion (USD6.2 million) loan from Standard Chartered Bank to fund the expansion of its fibre-optic network across the country, Business in Cameroon reports. In May 2013 the government announced the launch of CamTel’s 3,200km national fibre-optic backbone, which connects all ten regions and around 100 district and department capitals. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the new cable brought the total length of Cameroon’s fibre infrastructure to 6,000km, and the government is now planning to increase the backbone to 10,000km.
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