In an official statement issued last weekend, Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (Minpostel), Minette Libom Li Likeng, summed up the telecoms operators holding the “transitional titles” issued by the Telecoms Regulatory Agency (ART), to file “copies and records” to he ministry by 14 February 2017, “due date“, for the issue of definitive licenses.
According to sources close to the file, beyond 14 February 2017, the head of the ministerial department in charge of Posts and Telecommunications in Cameroon would be resolved to go so far as to suspend operators who have not complied with the prescribed procedure, Which is in line with the regulations in force.
Indeed, in a media release on October 21, 2016, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications had already denounced the issuance of “transitional titles” by the regulator, instead of the ministry. ‘I would like to recall that, in accordance with Articles 35 and 42 of the Decree of 14 July 2012 laying down the procedures for the establishment and operation of networks and the provision of electronic communications services subject to authorization , The issue of licenses or any title in lieu thereof, falls under the sole competence of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, “said Minette Libom Li Likeng.
Yet, according to authoritative sources, since 2010, “the regulator has no longer submitted to the signature of the Minister in charge of Telecommunications, applications for licenses“; Merely issuing “transitional titles” which, according to Minpostel officials, constitute unfair competition to operators holding concessions.