TELECOMS

Cameroon: Former Camtel D-G David Nkoto Emmane is under investigation for two corruption allegations, forbidden to leave the country

24 May 2019

Widely published corruption allegations against the former D-G Camtel provide an interesting snapshot of what can go wrong in state-owned telcos. Russell Southwood looks at the charges and what they mean for the wider processes of telecoms reform. On 14 December 2018 the Cameroonian Government sacked Camtel D-G David Nkoto Emmane and the Chair of the Board Victor Nfon Mukete by Presidential Decree. The latter is a 93 year-old senator, former Minister of Information and father of Colin Ebako Mukete. Mukete Jr is the Chair of MTN Cameroon in which he has a 30% stake. Nkoto was replaced as D-G…

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The long and winding road to the DTT switchover in Africa – A tale of two neighbours, Benin and Nigeria, with very different outcomes

23 May 2019

Almost four years have passed since the original ITU deadline for the switchover to digital broadcasting in Africa, designed to free up spectrum, improve broadcast quality and extend viewer choice. Benin and Nigeria offer contrasting stories of progress. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening in Benin and what went wrong in Nigeria. In early April Serge Koudjo, General Secretary at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Communications announced that StarTimes had completed four DTT transmission sites in the major urban areas of Cotonou, Gbéhoué, Abomey-Calavi and Porto-Novo. "Benin will open its TNT network within a few months," he said, adding…

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