Dr. Pierre-François KAMANOU
Dr. Ing. Pierre-François KAMANOU is a Franco-Cameroonian, who had pioneered the development of GSM networks for 10 years followed by the development of mobile VAS solutions for 15 years.
Dr. Kamanou obtained a Master of Physical sciences degree at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon in 1983. He continued his studies in France and obtained a diploma for the grade of Engineer SUPELEC (Radio communications speciality) and a diploma of Docteur-Ingenieur at SUPTELECOM of Paris in 1987.
Dr. Kamanou began his professional career at ALCATEL where he served in several positions of high responsibility. He played a very key role in the development of GSM specifications at Alcatel from 1990 to 1993.
In 1994, he was in charge of the optimization of GSM Itineris mobile network in Paris in the employment of TELEMATE Mobile Consultants, a subsidiary of France Telecom Group.
In 1995, he established and became the Managing Director MSI France, a French subsidiary company of English Group Mobile Systems International (MSI) founded and managed by Dr. Mo Ibrahim, specializing in the development and provision of radio planning & engineering tools for GSM operators in France and French speaking African countries.
In 1997, Dr. Kamanou was the Business Development Director of CELTEL International (formerly MSI/CI Group), a Pan-African GSM operator newly created by Dr. Mo Ibrahim. There, he was in charge of applying for and securing mobile operator licenses in some French speaking countries in Africa: Cameroon, Senegal, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Togo and Ivory Coast.
In 1999, he joined TELECEL International Group founded by Miko Rwayitare, a pan-african mobile operator. He created Telecel Gabon (later became Moov Gabon) , the third mobile operator in Gabon, and worked there as its Managing Director for two years. Telecel later became Etisalat/Moov Gabon.
In 2002, Dr. Kamanou founded GTS Africa based in France with its first affiliate in Cameroon.
In 2004, Dr. Kamanou served as Operations Director in Alcatel Nigeria for the Globacom project.
In 2005, he established GTS Infotel in Nigeria and has since dedicated his efforts to the development of the mobile VAS market in Nigeria and Cameroon.
Acting as an ITU Expert, PFK has performed multiple radio engineering consultancy services in many African countries including Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Togo, Morocco, Burundi, Congo Brazza and DRC.
During the last 15 years, Dr Kamanou has heavily contributed and militated for the setting up of favourable environment for development of the Mobile VAS industry in Cameroon and Nigeria, mainly by publishing position papers, interviews, participating in Conferences. He is today a member of the NCC Industry Working Committee for the Regulation of Shortcodes’ Operations in Nigeria. These have resulted in granting him in October 2015 an Award for his humongous contribution to the Telecoms industry in general and specifically for his pioneering role in Telecoms VAS, conferred by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).
In May 2017, He became the founder president of the newly created Association of professionals in Telecom, ITC & Digital in Cameroon.