CAMTEL prepares to celebrate grand 25th anniversary

CAMTEL's GM, Judith Yah Sunday epse Achidi.

The pace for the celebration was set Thursday September 7, 2023 during a press conference chaired by the General Manager, GM, Judith Yah Sunday epse Achidi.

The event which took place at the CAMTEL head office building in Yaounde was attended by senior officials of the company as well as musical icons like Stanley Enow and gospel singer Indira amongst others.

The CAMTEL Boss highlighted that the company’s history like that of any other organisation was first a history of its people, she therefore used the opportunity to thank all those who had served the company before.

“I would like to spare warm and grateful thoughts for all those who made CAMTEL’s history since the company’s inception” she said.

Noting that she had not forgotten the individual contributions of all those who had gone before and who contributed enormously in the development of the company.

Remembering the likes of Nguimba Nloutsiri, Nkoto Emane, Maga, Tang Enoh, Nfon Mukete and others, she clarified that they had not been replaced but simply succeeded and those present she said were humbly playing their part in pushing CAMTEL forward.

Cross section of journalists during the presser

Worth noting that what we know as CAMTEL today was a result of a merger between the Telecommunications Department of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications; and INTELCAM.

Talking to her collaborators, she said “I would like to say on the occasion of this our 25th anniversary that we share the pride of belonging to an organisation that, for 25 years now, has been working in line with the missions assigned to us by the President of the Republic, in the decree he signed on 8 September 1998”.

“People tend to forget too often that it is CAMTEL that manages the 12,000-kilometre national optical fibre backbone, which will soon be extended by 4,000 more kilometres” the General Manager recounted as successes of the organisation.
Another achievement undermined, the GM noted was that CAMTEL manages the four landing points of the optical fibre submarine cables rolled out in the country and which enables Cameroon to be in contact with the entire world".

CAMTEL it should be noted now holds three operating licenses for fixed line telephony, mobile telephony and transport over optical fibre.

The CAMTEL Boss it should be said explained that she understands the concerns, expectations, frustrations and sometimes anger of the users. All of them are legitimate she said, adding that “it is to CAMTEL’s credit that we are seeking solutions to address them”.

“We are well aware of the fact that CAMTEL does not succeed in everything, that it often stumbles, that it faces doubts at times. But we are also aware that difficulties are not a death sentence, and that even if the slope gets steeper, we must have the will to keep moving forward” she assured users.

25th anniversary Schedule

During the presser it was announced that the official celebration is to run from September 2023 –September 2024.

The one year celebration is packed with activities such as a sales campaign around the theme of the anniversary; it will also feature the organisation of a major musical concert in Douala as part of “CAMTEL Show” from now till December.

The activities will be an opportunity to present CAMTEL’s new product lines.
There shall also be the distribution of a commemorative coffee table book in January 2024.

And then in February there shall be the “CAMTEL Tech Event” which will target the student community on the campuses of the Universities of Yaounde 1, Douala, Buea, Dschang and Ngaoundere.

Round table conferences on the role of women in telecommunication over the past 25 years have been slated for March. Then it shall be followed by the organisation of the “CAMTEL Care”, a corporate social responsibility initiative targeting local communities and an award of medals to staff.

The company envisages holding a major advertising campaign and special anniversary sales promotion from August to September.
The anniversary celebration is expected to wrap up a Gala night dubbed “CAMTEL Gala” in September.

It should be recalled that CAMTEL was set up by Presidential degree of September 8, 1998. It resulted from the merging of two entities: the former Department of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and the former International Telecommunications Corporation of Cameroon, INTELCAM.
Within four years, the no-nonsense, level headed and astute GM has driven the company’s turnover upward from 108 billion FCFA to 178 billion FCFA.

CAMTEL remains committed to its vision; “be an innovative corporate citizen and leader in digital transformation in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030”.

Culled from TheObserver237

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