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North-West and South-West are Cameroon’s two English-speaking areas

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has ordered the resumption of web providers within the nation’s English-speaking areas, three months after they have been minimize off amid protests.

Authorities despatched texts to cell phone customers earlier than the ban, threatening jail phrases for spreading false info.

Communications and the economic system have been badly affected by the shutdown, with some firms compelled to relocate.

Anglophone Cameroonians make up about 20% of the nation’s 23 million individuals.

Employees in Cameroon’s tech hub, often known as Silicon Mountain, needed to relocate to areas the place the web was nonetheless out there.

Anglophone Cameroonians within the North-West and South-West areas had been protesting over the imposition of French of their faculties and courts.

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There have been anti-government protests in Bamenda in latest months

Blocking the web for such an extended interval could have added to the Anglophones’ sense of financial, social and political marginalisation, BBC World Service Africa editor Mary Harper reviews.