By Christopher Ambe Shu
The National Fiber Optical Backbone (NFOB) Project, being executed by Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL), is now operational in the Southwest Region
Allthough for now it is limited to Fako Division in the towns of Tiko, Limbe and Buea, The RECORDER was reliably informed that, there are plans to cover the entire region in the near future.
The optical fiber project is a booster that enables the transmission of electrical signals at the speed of light with little or no interference, to effect swift communication
Speaking at the launching of the segment of the Douala-Buea network of the project at the Independence square in Buea on March 18, the General manager of CAMTE L, David Nkoto Emane,noted that the project is intended to ensure rapid electronic transmission/Communication. According to the GM, the optical fiber project, which was launched in kye-Ossi in December 2009, would see the construction of about 3200 km of optical fiber as well as the installation of transmission equipment.
The project, he added, will cover Cameroon’s ten regional headquarters and divisional capitals as well as some rural localities.
Nkoto Emane said a little over a year ago that the national project was launched the optical fiber has successfully reached the foot of Mt .Cameroon-Buea.
He said the launching of the Douala-Buea segment of the optical fiber project, came after its installation in Bertoua, Ebolowa, Bamenda and Bafoussam
The CAMTEL GM said the project was part of President Paul Biya’s Greater achievements program.
Nkoto Emane expressed regrets that CANTEL’s cables were being cut and destroyed by unknown people; that image distributors were invading CAMTEL wire line cable network and that some CAMTEL relay stations were not secure.
In this light, Nkoto Emane pleaded with the Southwest Administration to “ ensure the security of our installations and staff in view of the consolidation of these achievements and to help maintain CAMTEL as the leading national telecommunications operator that has opted for innovations, especially in the era of production because these innovations have come to stay .”
The Secretary-General at Buea Governor’s Office, Handerson Quetong kongeh, sitting in for Governor Koumpa Issa, noted that the Southwest region is moving with the times in terms of ICT.
He extended the gratitude of the Southwest people to the government. An elated SG kongeh noted, “Where the optical fiber passes development will follow”.He assured the GM that the people would capitalize on the advantages of the realized project, so to contribute their quota to development.
Earlier in his welcome address, Buea Mayor, Charles Mbella Moki, hailed CAMTEL GM for giving consideration for Buea, noted for its legendary hospitality and to a greater the Southwest region.
Later in the evening at a reception in the residence of CAMTEL Southwest Representative, Mrs. Achidi Achu Yah Judith, former Prime Minister Chief Ephraim Inoni, acknowledged that the Southwest region has enriched with the optical fiber network, which would, no doubt, enhance development in different ways.
Another Ex-Premier, Simon Achidi Achu, commended David Nkoto Emane for ensuring that CAMTEL remains the leader in the telecommunications sector in Cameroon despite still competitions by other telecommunication operators.
For her part, CAMTEL Southwest Regional Representative, Mrs.Achidi Achu Yah Judith, who ensured that the launching went on hitch-free, said the project was a true dream come true.
The CAMTEL GM was accompanied to the launching ceremony in Buea by members of the inter-ministerial Follow-up Committee the optical fiber project.
The well-attended ceremony was grace by Cultural dances.