In the field of telecommunications, optical fibre is the backbone that provides reliable support to all stakeholders in the sector, including operators, organizations, companies and individuals. So far, CAMTEL has deployed more than 8000 km of fibre to connect the ten Regional chief towns, about sixty Divisional or Sub-divisional chief towns, hundreds of rural communities and CEMAC countries like Chad, for instance.
The deployment of this infrastructure is part of the national optical fibre backbone fibre project that entered its third phase in February 2015, and seeks to build an extra length of 4,000 km. The ultimate goal is to build a network of over 20, 000 km, in the medium term.
Beyond this extension that aims to satisfy end-users, thanks to the creation of redundant links, which foster the security of the national network, the optical fibre backbone is also an infrastructure which is part and parcel of the public policy designed to combat the high cost of living. This infrastructure is also used for the development of Government Intranet in view of implementing the digital governance programme, as well as the construction of the network to interconnect universities. The deployment of new generation multi-purpose Community Telecentres in many suburban and rural areas is dependent upon the installation of optical fibre.
Eventually, CAMTEL, with the support of the Government of the Republic, must consolidate Cameroon’s position as the unique digital hub of the Central African sub region. A well-consolidated position by the imminent implementation of major submarine cable projects (ACE, MAIN ONE, etc.). From the coast of Kribi in Cameroon, Africa will soon be directly connected to Latin America by a very high-capacity cable.