NGO launches new telecoms network

21 Jan 2009

AllAfrica has reported that local NGO, Help Out Centre for Human Rights, has launched a new telecoms network in south-west Cameroon. The aim of the new network is to help bridge the gap between urban and rural areas in terms of access to telecoms. The network, known as Thuraya Public Calling Office (PCO), can be powered either by a car battery or solar panel. It consists of a fixed line and mobile handset, offering voice, fax, data, SMS and internet services. The mobile handsets have been provided by Dubai-based Fort Info Technology and integrate satellite, GSM tri-band and GPS technology. Thuraya PCO is registered under the Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB), joining one telco, Camtel, and two cellcos, MTN and Orange Cameroon, in the local telecoms market.