State-owned CamTel, Cameroon’s fixed line monopoly operator, has taken the eyebrow-raising step of threatening to cut off public sector telecoms service end-users if they do not pay their overdue bills. As reported by Jeune Afrique, CamTel began a campaign on Monday to recover arrears which have reached a cumulative total (public and private sectors combined) of XAF65 billion (USD111.4 million), with users racking up new debts of XAF3 billion since the start of this year alone. The state and its agencies represent the bulk of unpaid charges, such as public television broadcaster CRTV which owes around XAF4 billion, although there are notable private clients with significant debts such as ISP Creolink (estimated at XAF3.4 billion in the report). In its statement on Monday, CamTel expressed readiness to immediately restore services to disconnected customers who pay their arrears.
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