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Cameroon – Electricity: Eneo preparing migration to prepaid meters

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Written by Deckson N.

This migration to the prepayment in the consumption of electrical energy is contained in Decision No _0096 28 of May 2012 from the Director General of the agency in charge of regulating the electricity sector (ARSEL) fixing the prices of sales excluding electricity taxes applicable by the company Eneo Cameroon since 2012.

On 26 October 2016, the features of the new device were presented at the Ministry of Commerce. This is an electricity meter including charging credit exactly like a cell phone before making a call. According to the Economie daily of 3 November 2016, is the revolutionary technology that the company Electricity of Cameroon (Eneo), Cameroon subsidiary of investment funds (Actis) boasted during a meeting consultation on October 26 at the Ministry of Commerce. According to the presentation that was made by the operator in charge of the electricity sector, the customer can get a simplified subscription. He will not receive a visit from an agent who shows up with a device to record the consumption index.

The operator points out that “the consumer will not suffer outage for unpaid or cut costs because he/she would¬†have already paid as consumption when buying phone credit. However, he/she will not receive an advance on consumption. Other advantages, according Eneo, the customer benefits from the immediate resumption of service just after charging. There will be no payment deadline and agency queue. Users will not be surprised by the amount of consumption.

According to the newspaper it will be less hassle to handle for the subscription change in tenants. There will be more flexibility of use with the client as to the load. For Eneo company itself, it will be the end of the relay, the distribution of bills, cuts, invoice discrepancies and reducing the number of claims. Also, it said, the operator hopes to have less tension flow because it will be the “pay before being served.” The subsidiary of Actis will be less red tape for termination or relocation and change of subscription to manage and less debt clearance not recovered after the departure of unscrupulous tenants.

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