The Telecomms Masterplan for the Southern Cameroons

At the moment there are three main GSM operators who have deployed networks in the BSC as part of their operations which are based in French Cameroun. Notwithstanding the licenses which were granted to them by the government of French Cameroun which gives them operating access to the economic space of the BSC, it is the intention of the people of the Southern Cameroons to consider that it has the right to issue new licenses to any operator who wants to operate in the Southern Cameroons .

The government of the Southern Cameroons shall issue the number of licenses which are compatible with a realistic market prospect for the Southern Cameroons. The license to be granted shall include the right and the obligation to lay the optical fibre backbone throughout the Southern Cameroons in accordance with the long term plans of the GBSC. The optic fibre backbone shall be connected to SAT-3, the undersea cable that runs from South Africa to Europe along the West African coast. This connection shall provide the Southern Cameroons access to large bandwidth on the international information highway.

The total length of the optic fiber backbone which needs to be laid across the Southern Cameroons only between 1500-2000 kilometers. This length of optic fiber will place 95% of the secondary institutions in the Southern Cameroons within reach of cheap broadband access. Such access will bring about a fundamental revolution in the type of knowledge based economy which will bring out the full potential of a small country of 6-10 million inhabitants.

The optic fiber backbone is far more important and far more urgent than asphalted roads because while asphalted roads facilitate physical communication between towns only, the optic fibre will facilitate communication between every Southern Cameroonian with the whole world at large. The optic fiber backbone needs to be constructed through the “bushes” and the “forest” at the beginning, if necessary, and the asphalted roads will follow later



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