National Backbone project

It is within this framework that the installation of optical fibre throughout the national territory is carried out.  This satisfaction is all greater because we can rejoice that Cameroon has so far covered nearly 6,000 kilometres of activated optical fibre cables, covering ten regional capitals, some forty divisional and sub-divisional headquarters.

 The construction of the mesh throughout the national territory with the  optical fibre continued with the construction of the urban optical loop of Douala 55 km long and whose official commissioning took place on Tuesday 13 December 2011.

The installation of this optical loop, while waiting for the one to be built in other regions, notably that of Yaoundé in the first quarter of 2012, will allow broadband access to the Internet, interconnection of operators' sites, improving the quality of communications and reducing costs and other tailor-made solutions set up at the request of customers.

In this chapter of telecommunications, we must include , the installation on our coasts of new submarine cable landing points (a station where underwater cables end), notably on our Atlantic coast, to supply the cable SAT3, which will soon be saturated.  This is the West African Cable System (WACS), whose cable is currently in Limbé and is awaiting the signing of the memorandum of understanding for its commissioning. Negotiations are well under way for the installation of the African Coast to Europe (ACE) cable, which will have its landing point in Kribi, and the Main One. The installation of landing points, besides allowing diversification of offers, should also increase the access capacity of our country to the global information highways, make available many capacities, with all that this has as impact in terms of reduced communications.

The government has also continued the optical fibre connection of public administrations. After forty-five (45) administrations connected by optical fibre to  have access to the Internet, 2011 was devoted to the connection of the Ministry of Public Works, the General Delegation of  National Security, the University of Yaounde I. This project initiated by MINPOSTEL, envisaged using this transmission medium to transport besides the Internet, telephony, fax and transactions of business applications, Mail, archive management, collaborative work space, budget management, tax management, personnel management).

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