MTN Group Chief Chris Maroleng in this phone call, confirms that the Cameroon government pressured the company to cause the internet outage and subsequent blackout being experience in the North West and South provinces of Cameroon, currently in crisis.
The blackout was followed by the political arrest of the consortium leaders, made up of teachers and lawyers who have been requesting a return to a federal system of government in Cameroon. Schools have been suspended in the part of Cameroon since November and there are now doubts if they will resume at all, given that a significant amount of the school period has been missed. Experts explain it is impossible to recover the lost grounds, hence the call for a cancellation of the school year.
Note last Week when MTN was accused of conspiring with the government to cut internet in the regions, MTN Cameroon which is leader of the mobile telephony market in Cameroon, quickly issued a statement apologizing to subscribers in parts of the country where severe disruption of voice, SMS and internet services were interrupted last weekend.
In a statement issued by the company’s CEO, Philisiwe Sibiya, management of the telecoms service provider promised henceforth to ensure permanent availability of voice, SMS and internet on the MTN network across the regions.
According Philisiwe Sibiya, the disruption was caused by “optical fibre cut of the CAMTEL-supplied last mile fibre attributed to MTN along the Bafoussam-Santa leg on Saturday, Decemebr 10 at 6h03mins.”
MTN disclosed that the towns of Bamenda, Kumbo, Nkambe, Ndop, Santa, Bali, Batibo, Wum, Bafoussam, Dschang, Mbounda, Bafang, Bagante, Foumban, Banyo, Tonga, Santchou and Foumbot, were affected by the disruptions.
“The technical team of CAMTEL – optical fibre service provider, and HUAWEI – maintenance partner, were deployed to the site of the incident immediately they were informed of the cut. Assisted by MTN’s engineers, they successfully re-established the optical fibre link in the wee hours of Sunday, December 11 at 5h42mins, after 24 hours of continuous work,” MTN Chief Executive Officer explained.
The company suggested that the cut could have been caused by agricultural activities or civil works on the affected area.
With this new revelations by the Group chief, it is evident the apology and claim that the outage last week was caused by farmers was a farce.