In a press release dated November 14, the Governor of the Littoral region announced the initiation of an awareness campaign directed at cable TV operators. Governor Samuel Ivaha Biboua states that the objective of this campaign, scheduled to run from November 20 to 30, is to streamline operations within the sector.
The governor also urges operators in this field to submit "operating titles justifying the exercise of the profession in the Littoral region" to the relevant regional departments. These titles must adhere to the provisions of the law of April 20, 2015, governing audiovisual activity in Cameroon.
The release also announces, starting from December 1st, the commencement of "systematic inspections of operators' technical facilities." This initiative aims to compel operators aspiring to function as publishers to comply with existing laws and regulations, or face potential sanctions.
However, cable operators contend that it is the exorbitant costs imposed by these publishers that are hampering their sector. According to Jean Achille Epouhe, General Secretary of the Syndicat national des télé-distributeurs par câble du Cameroun (Synatecc), "Cameroon's cable operators are asserting their rightful position, urging competitors to adhere to prevailing regulations. Specifically, they emphasize the importance of complying with Article 8 of the decree dated April 3, 2005, which liberalizes the audiovisual sector, and Article 11 of the same decree prohibiting foreign operators from directly marketing their products without involving local companies." Epouhe claims that publishers function as both wholesalers and retailers, violating existing regulations.