The dispute between Cameroon’s incumbent operator CAMTEL and the subsidiary of Orange in Cameroon has spurred quite the debate. Indeed, for a presumed CFA1.6 billion outstanding debt, CAMTEL cut orange Cameroon’s access to optical fiber.
“How can a telecom operator, without notifying the institution in charge of the telecom regulation, cut a competitor’s access to optical fibers networks”? This was the question asked by many users on diverse forums?
Philémon Zo’o Zame, managing director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, gave an answer to this question in a mail to David Nkoto Emane, managing director of CAMTEL, on October 9, 2017. In the mail, Philémon Zo’o Zame ordered the “restoration of transmissions on the backbone optical fiber allocated to Orange Cameroun SA”.
He reminded that “the regulations forbid an operator to cancel network’s transmission or access without a prior verdict from the regulatory agency”. So, Philémon Zo’o Zame ordered the immediate restoration of all the communication networks.
Indeed, Orange Cameroun SA filed a complaint to the telecom regulator denouncing “the interruption”, on Friday, October 6, 2017, of its access to optical fibers which it leases from Camtel.