By January 2023, Cameroon and Central African Republic’s (CAR) telecommunications networks will be interconnected via land-based fibre optic network infrastructure – it is being reported.
This comes after Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng and CAR’s Minister of Digital Economy, Posts and Telecommunications Justin Gourna Zacko, signed an MOU this week in Yaounde.
The memorandum covers the physical and logical interconnection of the electronic communications networks for Cameroon and the Central African Republic.
The memorandum also contains restoration channels to secure the telecommunications networks for both countries and reduction of the costs and tariffs of electronic communications services.
The MOU also included the modus operandi to coordinate capacities for routing traffic between networks.
According to Minister Li Likeng, the MOU represents the perseverance of leaders within the CEMAC (Central African Economic and Monetary Community) to fortify digital integration among member countries.
The Minister added that Cameroon will use the potential of this political will to position itself as the digital hub of Central Africa.
The Minister of Central African Republic, Justin Gourna Zacko, mentioned that the MOU is the first step toward a long-term collaboration driven by the will of the two countries’ people to respond to community needs.
While pleading that both countries comply with the scheduled date for interconnection, Zacko said that CAR will take advantage of its proximity to Cameroon to leverage its digital infrastructure.
According to Zacko, the specific agreements will be signed by the government of Cameroon through Camtel and the government of CAR through the infrastructure management company.
“I am confident that before the closing date of our two CAB projects scheduled respectively for 30 June 2022 for Cameroon and 31 December 2022 for CAR, we will have benefited from this noble cooperation,” the Minister added.