MTN Cameroon announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) on the resale of Internet capacities, also known as Wholesale. The agreement was initialled on 15 April 2021 in Yaounde, by the General Manager of Camtel, Mrs. Judith Yah Sunday Achidi and her counterpart of MTN Cameroon, Mr. Stephen Blewett. This was done during a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng, in strict compliance with the anti-Covid19 preventive measures. Representatives of several administrations and personalities, including the General Manager of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB ) were also in attendance.
This partnership is the result of the implementation of recommendations by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (MinPostel) and ongoing negotiations between Camtel and MTN Cameroon since 2018. The partnership will enable the MTN Group, through its MTN Global Connect entity, to acquire internet capacity from Camtel and resell it to international customers. MTN Cameroon on its part, will transfer its local Wholesale portfolio to Camtel.
“As you know, we are electronic communications operators whose customers are not just individuals. Sometimes they are smaller companies, or they have a very specific customer base. These companies need large capacities to carry out their day-to-day activities. Until now, MTN Cameroon has been supplying this type of customer,” recalled Stephen Blewett, CEO of MTN Cameroon in his speech during the ceremony. He continued: “As regulations have evolved, this is an activity that now pertains to the State-owned operator Camtel, whose status also changed recently. By mutual agreement, this is a portfolio that we are going to transfer to Camtel. In addition, the MTN Group unit in charge of reselling internet capacity shall, within the framework of a specific contract, acquire capacity directly from Camtel to meet international demand.
The implementation of this Protocol will be monitored by TRB, which will report monthly to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.
For MTN, the signing of this agreement is an important event. The move “testifies the attachment of MTN Cameroon to its commitments. These include operating in Cameroon in strict compliance with the regulations in force, supporting the Government in its vision for a viable telecommunications sector in Cameroon, collaborating frankly with all players in the telecommunications sector in Cameroon, creating a favourable framework for the development of the country and providing an excellent experience to all our customers,” concluded Stephen Blewett.