Cameroon regulator fines six operators US$13.6 million for regulatory violations

Telecoms

Cameroon’s telecoms agency, Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ART), has issued fines amounting to XAF6.3 billion (USD13.6 million) to six of the country’s telecoms operators for violating laws that govern the sector.

According to a report by CamerPress, mobile operator Orange Cameroun was handed the largest fine, around XAF4.14 billion, of which XAF3.2 billion was issued for establishing long distance transmission links without permission, while a further fine of XAF940.4 million was imposed on the operator for unauthorised use of numbering resources. The country’s other mobile operator, MTN Cameroon, was penalised XAF523.2 million for unauthorised use of numbering resources, while its internet subsidiary received a fine of XAF250 million for unauthorised use of frequencies in the cities of Douala and Bafoussam.

State-owned fixed line telco CamTel is required to pay XAF887 million for unauthorised use of numbering resources, while internet service provider (ISP) Ringo has been fined around XAF421 million for using frequencies without permission in the cities of Yaounde, Douala, Limbe and Bafoussam. Another ISP, Alink Telecom, has been penalised XAF80 million also for using frequencies without permission for the provision of wireless internet services.