Libom Li Likeng Debunks Claims of Internet Shutdown

Minette Libom Li Likeng, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (Minpostel) denies allegations of Internet shutdown on the 7th to the 9th of October 2018, a period dedicated to during and after the presidential election in Cameroon.

Emmanuel NGOTA

The demystification of this information was contained during a press brief granted by the Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Minette Libom Li Likeng, in Yaounde on September 10, 2018. According to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, in connection with the Internet shutdown, circulated on US social media (facebook, whatsapp, twitter, etc). Giving to the authors of this fake news deflated by the Cameroon government says, the Cameroonian authorities planned to cut off the Internet to ban the publication of trends on social networks. All these is about “gross manipulations and a Fake news”, debunks the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng.

In view of this unfounded publication on the social media for the suspension of internet during the eve of presidential elections on October 7, Minette Libom Li Likeng recalls that
under the leadership of President Paul Biya, and the coordination of the Head of Government, the Ministry of post and telecommunication is committed to the implementation of a policy of development of the digital ecosystem and respectful of the rights of the citizen.
Such an accusation is only intended to discredit the Cameroonian authorities, the minister added.

It is worthy of noting that, the National Growth and Employment Strategy Paper (GESP), designed in a bid to attain the Head of State’s vision of making Cameroon an emerging country by the 2035 threshold,  portrays the creation or construction of new basic infrastructure like roads, ports, bridges as well as telecommunications and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure as one of the major actions of the ongoing seven – year term of President Paul Biya, which he tagged a mandate of “Major Achievements” . In his December 31, 2015 address to the nation, the Head of State emphasized the need for appropriate infrastructure which he says is indispensable for the development of a modern economy.

In line with the Head of State’s revered instructions, the government plays a key role in the development of the digital economy and the transformation of the telecom and ICT as a whole. The construction of Broadband Infrastructure to enhance the development of the digital economy is one of the eight cornerstones with which the Digital Economy Strategy Plan, adopted by the Prime Minister in 2015, is built.

Management of Cameroonian telecommunications is provided by company CAMTEL, established on 8 September 1998. It includes the Telecommunications Ministry of PTT, which had the direct responsibility of the national network, and the International Telecommunications Company of Cameroon (Intelcam) which was responsible for setting up and operating international routes, the management of the central telex network CAMPAC data transmission packets and the mobile telephone network, the GSM system. The country has two international access in Yaounde and Douala, a fleet of 42 telephone exchanges, including 10 digital exchanges in Yaounde and Douala, Yaoundé central mobile earth stations and two standard A, with 540 channels for international communication satellite.

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