About the founder

Dr. Ing. Pierre-François KAMANOU

               Is a Franco-Cameroonian, who had pioneered the development of GSM networks for 11 years followed by the development of mobile VAS market in Africa since 2002.

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 specialty) 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, employed by 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.

In 1999, he joined TELECEL International Group, a pan-african mobile operator, where he worked as the first Managing Director of Telecel Gabon (later became Moov Gabon), the third mobile operator in Gabon.

In 2002, Dr. Kamanou founded GTS Africa based in France, followed by two GTS-Infotel structures in Cameroon and Nigeria, and has since militated for the introduction of a new type of mobile VAS virtual network Operator in the African ICT ecosystem, specializing in the provision of multi-channel mobile access to Enterprise Audiotext (Voice/SMS/USSD) services over VAS long numbers (also called longcodes) in the national numbering plan.

Due to multiple difficulties experienced by its structures in Cameroon and Nigeria that have been forced by the Regulators to operate as licenced VAS Providers specialized in the provision of SMS Shortcodes Services, and thanks to his great experience, Dr. Kamanou has designed the Mobinawa network, the first local OTT network dedicated to value-added mobile communication services, a key success component of the digital transformation of businesses of all sizes.

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.

In October 2015, the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) granted to PFK, the Pioneer Award for his humongous contribution in the development of Telecoms VAS market in Nigeria. Then in July 2018, PFK was profiled among the 100 leading Telecom & ICT personalities in Nigeria, a book published by ATCON.

In May 2017, he became President of the newly established association called REPTIC.CM, the Network of Professionals in the Telecommunications, ICT and Digital sectors in Cameroon.

In October 2018, he is appointed as 1st Vice-President of the African ICT Foundation.

GTS-Africa SAS

16 Rue Ampère

95300 Pontoise, France

Tel : +331 82 88 48 88

E-mail: contact@gts-infotel.com

GTS-Infotel Nigeria Ltd

Philips Building, KM 16,Ikorodu Road,

Ojota Bus Stop, Lagos, Nigeria

Tel: +234 1 632 3403

E-mail: contact.ng@gts-infotel.com

GTS-Infotel Cameroon SA

Rue de l'Independance,            Immeuble Face Calafatas.

B.P 11722, Yaoundé, Cameroun

Tel: +237 243 065 473

E-mail: contact.cm@gts-infotel.com