In memoriam: Jean Jipguep
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the worldwide telecom and broadcasting community fondly remember Jean Jipguep, who passed away on 5 March.
Born in Batoufam, Cameroun, on 15 July 1937, Jean Jipguep served as Deputy Secretary-General of ITU between 1983 and 1994. He subsequently chaired the Telecom ’95 conference in Geneva, where he urged African governments to prioritize telecom investment as “the single most important infrastructure component to further economic development.”
He also noted the rapid convergence of telecommunications, information technology and broadcast entertainment platforms.
In 1998, he co-founded Sky Station Africa, a regional venture for high-capacity wireless services via a solar-powered geostationary platform.
Jean Jipguep is survived by his spouse Martine, their six children and eight grandchildren.