CamTel, Cameroon’s state-owned incumbent telecoms operator, has announced the signing of a ten-year partnership agreement with MTN Cameroon, under which it will provide the South African-owned firm with dark fibre capacities on its national fibre-optic backbone. CamTel revealed that the agreement with MTN follows the signing of a similar deal with Cameroon’s newly licensed third mobile operator Viettel, which is scheduled to begin commercial operations in September, while further agreements are expected to be sealed shortly with Orange Cameroun and CRTV. ‘Over the years, telecommunications operators in Cameroon each had their network and this was very costly to run,’ commented CamTel general manager, David Nkoto Emane, adding: ‘At the end of the day customers had to bear the brunt due to a relatively high cost of telecommunications services. But by sharing a common transmission infrastructure like we have done with MTN, the running cost will be low and consequently prices will also drop.’
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