Cameroon Wants Fibre Rollout to Use Existing Infrastructure

’s telecom regulator, the , is running an advertisement encouraging operators to take advantage of the high voltage electricity transportation network to run fibre across the country.

The authority writes that civil engineering accounts for over 80 percent of costs, which means that using pre-existing masts could deliver operator savings in the same proportion. ART also suggests using the water grid to make the best use of trenching. It adds that any major civil engineering work, such as road and rail construction, should be leveraged for fibre deployment.

According to official statistics, Cameroon has 10,000 km of fibre and is connected to three undersea cables. Two more are coming and the new landing points are now in construction. The regulator concludes that despite large investments, there is still not enough capacity to meet declared needs.

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