Cameroon launches 3,200km fibre-optic cable

7 May 2013

Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Jean Pierre Biyiti bi Essam, has announced the inauguration of a 3,200km fibre-optic cable which stretches across the country, connecting the ten regions and all 60 department capitals. Cameroon-Info.Net reports that work on the backbone project began in December 2009 in cooperation with state-owned incumbent telecoms operator CamTel and with funding from Eximbank of China. With the launch of the new cable, the country now has a total of 6,000km of fibre-optics, and the government aims to increase the total length of the backbone to 10,000km.