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Camtel outsources fixed network services to drive expansion

By , Freelance Investigative Journalist
Cameroon , 26 Jan 2023
Camtel General Manager Judith Yah Sunday Achidi.
Camtel General Manager Judith Yah Sunday Achidi.

State-owned Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) has launched a national tender to recruit local service providers to bolster its fixed network services via its broadband network architecture.

Through the outsourcing deal, the service providers will work towards growing Camtel’s customer base by engaging with potential new subscribers and generating interest in the telco’s fixed network open to the public.

The service providers will also carry out installation, connection and maintenance of FTTx subscriber lines in Camtel's fixed network.

Camtel General Manager Judith Yah Sunday said only local companies with proven skills, as well as administrative, technical and financial capacities to deliver the required services, will be considered.

Companies looking to bid must also have sufficient capital of at least 100 million francs CFA.

A tender document issued by Camtel shows that the bid has been divided into 20 lots - covering some key localities of the country - and each company is expected to select only one lot.

Bidders for the retainer covering installation, connection and maintenance must have an installer approval for electronic communications equipment and infrastructure issued by the Telecommunications Regulatory Board.

In 2020, the government renewed Camtel’s fixed telecommunications network licence which had expired after 15 years. .

Since 2018, Camtel has continued to pursue a long-term strategy that incorporates stabilisation and revival (2019), consolidation and expansion (2020-2022), and leadership in digital transformation in the Central African sub-region (2023-2025).

Camtel management is eager to reposition itself in a competitive market and grow its current 3% share, behind MTN Cameroon, Orange Cameroun and Viettel (Nexttel).

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