(Agence Ecofin) – The launch of Blue, Camtel’s mobile network, seems to crystallize the tensions between the boss of the Cameroonian incumbent telecoms operator and her minister.
In a memo signed on January 13, 2021 and addressed to the staff of Camtel, the incumbent telecoms operator in Cameroon, Judith Yah Sunday (photo), the CEO of this public company, denounces a cabal against this state company, the day after the announcement of the launch of its mobile network.
« Going back in time, you should know that the culmination of the efforts led by the successive management teams of Camtel, under the leadership of our technical supervision, Madam Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, and which led to the award of three concession agreements for the operation of electronic communications networks in the fixed, mobile and transport sectors, did not please all the players in our ecosystem», Writes the CEO of Camtel. “It is well known that some of these actors were for a long time at the origin of the blocking of the allocation of the mobile license to Camtel », poursuit Judith Yah Sunday.
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Clearly, without clearly citing them, the CEO of Camtel seems to see the hand of certain future competitors in the mobile market, behind what she calls “the media campaignWhich, according to her, “Raises a lot of questions from both staff and the general public ».
Yet this “media campaignRather follows from a correspondence of the Minister of Posts and Telecoms, dated January 11, 2021, in which the technical supervision of Camtel expresses reservations on the programming of the launch of the mobile network of the public operator on January 13, 2021.
« You have planned the launch of the mobile network for December 21, 2020, without a business plan. During a meeting that I chaired in the presence of the regulator, on December 16, 2020, in this context, this launch was postponed due to notorious regulatory inadequacies in the implementation of the mobile network. In a letter received on January 7, 2021, you invite me to chair the launch of the mobile for January 13, 2021, without reporting the lifting of the reservations formulated during the meeting of December 16, 2020. All this does not allow not to ensure the successful entry of the incumbent into the (yet long-awaited) mobile telephony segment, ni to reassure the players in the sector on Camtel’s neutrality, transparency, non-discrimination and objectivity to manage de facto monopoly segments (fixed, transport)Writes Minister Minette Libom Li Likeng.
By pretending to address his staff in the memo of January 13, 2021, the CEO of Camtel responds subtly to the Minister of P&T.
« Regular continuation of work sessions between Camtel and ART teams [le régulateur, NDLR] resulted in the removal of the commercial, technical, financial and regulatory obstacles initially identified. I can you [le personnel de Camtel, NDLR] ensure that you have personally received, from the Director General of ART, the authorizations necessary for the operation of our mobile network», Reveals Judith Yah Sunday who then invites the employees«to stay focusOn the company’s objectives.
Moreover, this letter inviting Camtel’s agents to mobilize for the launch of “Blue”, the brand name of the mobile network in the making, comes in a context of uneasy social climate within the company.
Indeed, in her correspondence sent on January 11, 2021 to the CEO of Camtel, the Minister of P&T, relying on “irregularities»Noted by the company’s auditor, denounces obstructions to the control of the company’s management; the proven immaturity of Camtel’s projects; and breaches of the provisions relating to appointments d’agents by the general management, “anything likely to compromise the social climate within the company […] »
In the wake of these observations of the technical supervision of Camtel, the chairman of the board of directors of this public company, Mohamadou Saoudi, in a letter dated January 11, 2021, also summons Judith Yah Sunday to report the disputed appointments.
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