Cameroon - Telecommunications: MTN Cameroon and CAMTEL sign a memorandum of understanding on the resale of Internet capacity
The document was initialed on April 15, 2021 in Yaounde, by the Director General of CAMTEL, Judith Yah Sunday épse Achidi and his counterpart of MTN Cameroon, Stephen Blewett.
MTN Cameroon announces the signing, with the operator Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel), of a memorandum of understanding on the resale of Internet Capacities, also called "Wholesale". The agreement was initialed this April 15, 2021 in Yaounde, by the Director General of Camtel, Mrs. Judith Yah Sunday spells Achidi, and his counterpart of MTN Cameroon, Mr. Stephen Blewett. It was during a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng, in strict compliance with the anti-Covid19 barrier measures. Representatives of several administrations and personalities, including the Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART), also took part.
This partnership is the result of the implementation of the recommendations of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (MinPostel) and negotiations underway between Camtel and MTN Cameroon since 2018. It will enable the MTN Group via its MTN Global Connect entity to be able to acquire internet capacity from Camtel and resell it to customers internationally. On its part, MTN Cameroon will cede its local "Wholesale" portfolio to Camtel.
"As you know, we are electronic communications operators whose customers are not just individuals. Sometimes they are smaller companies or they have very specific customers. These companies need large capacities to carry out their day-to-day activities. To date, MTN Cameroon provides this type of customer," said Stephen Blewett, CEO of MTN Cameroon during his speech at the ceremony. He continued: "As regulations have evolved, this is an activity that now falls under the jurisdiction of the incumbent operator Camtel, whose status also changed recently. By mutual agreement, it is a portfolio that we will transfer to them. In addition, the unit of the MTN Group in charge of the resale of internet capacities will, within the framework of a specific contract, acquire capacities directly from Camtel to satisfy the international demands".
The monitoring of the execution of this protocol will be ensured by the ART, which will report monthly to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.
For MTN, the signing of this agreement is an important event. It "testifies to the attachment of MTN Cameroon to its commitments. This includes operating in Cameroon in strict compliance with the regulations in force. To accompany the Government in its vision for a viable telecommunications sector in Cameroon. To collaborate frankly with all the actors of the telecommunications sector in Cameroon, to create a favourable framework for the development of the country. And provide an excellent experience to all our customers," concluded Stephen Blewett.