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Africa: Cameroon Telcos Violate Installation Guidelines, Authorities Take Toll

Telecom companies in Cameroon which fail to adhere to installation norms will probably be confirmed and their infrastructure dismantled, the nation’s Telecommunication Regulatory Board (TRB) has warned.

The Director-General of TRB, Philemon Zoo Zame instructed communication at Camtel, MTN Cameroon, Orange Cameroun, Nextel and IHS Cameroon – prime owners of telecommunications infrastructures totaling over 5,000 towers.

The board mentioned most of the companies were continuing with the installation of masts in cities without respecting construction guidelines.

According to Zame, companies failed to adhere to the maximum limit of exposure to radiated signals, height limitations (150m maximum), as well as the space between masts (750m in residential areas and 2km in different cities) and were resistant to share network infrastructure.

The TRB added that the pointless and incoherent doubling of transmission towers and the non-sharing of network infrastructures by telecom companies harm the surroundings, urbanization, public safety, public wellbeing and tariff plans of operators.

Ali Soungui, TRB’s Director of Licensing, Competition, and Interconnection, mentioned the time for governmental immunity has come to an end. “Operators who install masts and telecom towers should respect all binding guidelines.

Sungai cited a 2010 legislation controlling telecommunications in Cameroon; a 2012 prime ministerial order fixing circumstances of interconnection, entry to digital network communication for the general public and infrastructure sharing; and a 2013 top ministerial order setting maximum limits of exposure to radiated signals.

The Director added that the setup of arches supported by cords in cities and villages is a violation and is prohibited in residential localities.

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