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Monday, May 28, 2018

Cameroon - Telecommunications: The submarine cable project to link Cameroon to Brazil via 6000 km of optical fiber officially launched in Kribi

CIN| Connect Cameroon to Brazil by fiber optics. This is the challenge that the Cameroon Telecomunications (CAMTEL), which launched a few months ago in the implementation of the submarine cable connection project between the two countries, wants to take up. On October 27, 2017, the port of Kribi was the starting point for the first stage, which consisted of the study of the submarine seabed route. It was two months of GPS surveying to position the cables, map the seabed and determine the depths, among other things. Once these actions were completed last January, the final cable route between Kribi in Cameroon and Fortaleza in Brazil was set.

This vast project initiated by CAMTEL, project owner, aims to connect Cameroon and Brazil via 6000 km of optical fiber along the Atlantic Ocean, passing through several countries in Africa, America and Asia. For this, the boat named Cs Recoder from the Norwegian coast that carries all the project equipment has already docked off the coast of Kribi. This marks the beginning of the operational phase of this project whose total cost of execution is 200 billion FCFA. Tuesday, May 22nd was therefore the actual laying of the land and sea in the seaside city of Cameroon, in the presence of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications and several other distinguished guests.

In his occasional remarks during the official launch ceremony, CAMTEL CEO David Nkoto Emane made it clear that "the installation of the optical fiber will take three months and by August, we will have finished". And later to say that this major project should be fully delivered by the end of September 2018.

 It is important to note that this project called South Atlantic Inter-Link (SAIL) has seen its agreement signed on July 27, 2017 and is 75% financed by Eximbank of China. Moreover, this direct come between the two countries, will reduce the latency of the telecommunications network as well as the acceleration of development and improvement of ICT infrastructure, we learn.