Telecom Liberalization Spurs Growth in Cameroon

Another ISP (Internet service provider) has joined the ever-expanding Internet sector in Cameroon, where telecommunications liberalization is spurring growth across other market sectors.

New Technology Incorporation SA (Newtech), an ISP (Internet service provider) launched on Aug. 4, adds another dimension to the nation's Internet market, offering Web design hosting services, access, network design and implementation technology. The ISP also sells proprietary hardware and software and runs a public access Web cafe, also called Newtech, the brainchild of Akame Edourd Eugene, 28, the company's general manager.

Newtech is different within the African ISP landscape because it offers radio and television broadcasts on the Internet, which the general manager said is a milestone in the market. The company further has signed a deal with Cameroon Radio and Television Corp. (CRTV) to carry voice, data and graphics on the Internet, and tests of that system have been successful.

The company has a fully automated and computerized customer management system and is the only ISP in Cameroon to offer free personalized e-mail addresses to the public.

The challenge, though, will be for Newtech to continue to differentiate itself in the expanding Internet market, which already has more than four other ISPs.

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