Monday, February 1, 2010

Minister lays foundation stone for National Optical Fibre.

The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Jean Pierre Biyiti bi Essam has said the National Optical Fibre Network will go operational in the next 18 months. Minister Jean Pierre Biyiti bi Essam was speaking in Kye-Ossi recently during a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the project.

Speaking during the ceremony, Mr Biyiti bi Essam said the project is timely, stating that government is leaving no stone unturned in curbing challenges and effectively joining the information and communication technology trend. He praised the Sino-Cameroon ties thanks to which the project will be realised.

The project estimated to cost some 38 billion CFAF is co-financed by the Chinese and Cameroon governments and includes the designing and planning of the optical network aimed at bringing Cameroon into a dazzling technological breakthrough that allows it to provide complete and efficient telecommunications services nation wide as well as become an ICT hub in the Central African sub region.

It was on the 6 th of July 2009 that the two governments signed an agreement for that. In the agreement China will lend the Cameroon Government the sum of 26 billion CFA F, through the Exim bank of China, for the realisation of the project. Hence both parties have contributed 50% each to the realisation of the project. Upon completion, the country’s ten regions will be interconnected by network, universities, enterprises and companies, 72 localities and technical points will be connected to the network while there will be high internet bandwidth in 16 points.

Successive speakers like the Chinese Ambassador to Cameroon, Huang Changquing, the General Manager of Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL), David Nkoto Emane and the elites of Kye-Ossi, through their spokesperson, Antoine Bikoro, General Manger of Chantier Naval, saw in the project a giant stride in easing communication as well as speeding up the socio-economic development of the country.

Quoting President Paul Biya who, on November 3, 2004 said, “Our country needed generalised internet”, Minister Jean Pierre Biyiti bi Essam said the project is a dream comes true that will carry Cameroon completely into the information society. He recounted a story on how he had come to Kye-Ossi in the early 2000s and calling in Cameroon with a phone needed a code. To him all of these will be history.

According to the executing firm, Huawei Technology through its president for West Africa Xie Guohui, after the CT phone, they are ready to offer Cameroon the best optical fibre. The ceremony that also saw the inauguration of the Kye-Ossi Telecommunications centre which connects the locality to the rest of the country and world was attended amongst others by Ministers of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Louis Paul Motaze and that of Higher Education, Jacques Fame Ndongo.

By NDI Eugene NDI in Kye-Ossi

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