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Thursday February 8th, 2018 1:46 pm

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Anglophone regions could not be taken back to the dark ages thanks to VPN, a mobile app which keeps residents connected to the rest of the world.

North West and South West Regions still remain very much connected virtually to the other Regions of Cameroon and to the world at large since January 17, 2017 when internet was shutdown by the Cameroon Government.

This is thanks to the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

VPN extends a private network across a public network and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.

But how have North West and South West Regions been accessing internet via VPN?

Adonche Hans, Student in CCAST Bambili-Bamenda explains “ you first have to download the software, in the process you will have to choose a country. For it to work appropriately, your data has to be switched on and with credit units, you move on with internet exploration”.

On comparing VPN to other internet providers, Cameroon News Today gathered that VPN internet connections are less faster and uploading videos is usually an uphill task.

Also, the software functions for a short while and the user is forced to download another.

Talking of its cost, many say is more costly. For example, a user says 250frs credit unit equals 250MB just for 2hours.

Resorting to this internet provider has helped return to normalcy activities in the North West and South West Regions though to an extent. Those with online businesses no longer have worries and same goes with other domains which are internet-dependent.

Even though it works exclusively on mobile devices, VPN will remain in use in the two Anglophone Regions of Cameroon until internet connection is fully reinstated by government.

Its worth noting that Rebecca Enonchong, a popular cyber activist has been campaigning in view of triggering government to restore internet in the Anglophone regions.

Prior to that move, the hashtag #BringBackOurInternet was launched on Social media with varied Cameroonians following the initiative.

Internet has been filtered for more than 100 days already.

It should be recalled that just access to some sensitive domains like yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Bareta News described by government as appropriate havens to sent across detrimental information has been restricted.

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