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Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts


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The Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.


Executive summary

Cameroon’s economic growth has lagged behind other countries in the region which is mirrored by the development of its telecommunications sector. It is one of only a few countries in Africa left with only two competing mobile networks, MTN and Orange. The re-entry into the mobile market by fixed-line incumbent Camtel as the third player has been delayed by controversy regarding its licence.

The result is a mobile market penetration rate that is below the African average and also below that of other countries with similar GDP per capita levels. Third generation (3G) mobile service have still not been introduced apart from Camtel’s EV-DO fixed-wireless service. Fixed-line penetration is extremely low, and the privatisation of Camtel’s fixed-line business has failed several times.

Mirroring a trend throughout developing markets, the average revenue per user (ARPU) in Cameroon’s mobile sector has fallen continuously as lower income groups gain access to services. The operators are trying to generate new revenue streams from the virtually untapped Internet and broadband market by introducing mobile data and WiMAX wireless broadband services.

Camtel has been allowed to monopolise access to the SAT-3/WASC international fibre optic submarine cable, which has led to extremely high prices and a grey market of unlicensed satellite gateway operators offering Internet access and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. A major expansion program for international fibre connections and a national fibre backbone network is underway with funding from the Word Bank and China.

Under a more liberal regulatory regime, Cameroons telecommunications market could catch up very quickly with its peers in the region. The industry regulator has indicated it plans to complete the privatisation of Camtel and increase competition by licensing more operators.

Key highlights:

  • Forecasts for Cameroon’s mobile market for 2012 and 2015;
  • Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
  • Privatisation of Camtel planned in a public-private partnership;
  • Mobile ARPU has fallen below US$10 per month in 2009;
  • All major players have adopted WiMAX as broadband access technology;
  • Competition in international fibre bandwidth expected in 2010;
  • Significant improvements in national fibre backbone infrastructure.Estimated market penetration rates in Cameroon’s telecoms sector - end 2010
  • MarketPenetration rate
  • Mobile43%
  • Fixed1%
  • Internet5%
  • (Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Cameroon, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
  • The growth potential of the country’s mobile market;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
  • Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Internet and broadband development and growth;
  • Mobile data services and pricing;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU).This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Cameroon’s telecommunications market.
Subjects covered include:
  • Key statistics;
  • Market and industry overviews;
  • Regulatory environment and structural reform;
  • Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
  • Infrastructure development;
  • Mobile voice and data markets, including 3G;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU) trends;
  • Internet development;
  • Broadband, including 3G mobile;
  • Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).

  • Executive summary
    • Table Estimated market penetration rates in Cameroon's telecoms sector - end 2010
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics Cameroon - 2010
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • Regional benchmarking
  • Market analysis 2010
  • Regulatory environment
    • Sector reorganisation and liberalisation
    • Licensing
    • Interconnection
    • International gateways
    • National backbone infrastructure
    • Universal Access Fund (UAF)
    • Regulatory authority
      • Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ART)
  • Fixed-line operators in Cameroon
    • Camtel
      • Privatisation
      • Network infrastructure
      • National fibre backbone
      • Wireless local loop (WLL)
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2011
    • Pastel
  • International infrastructure
    • Submarine cables
      • SAT-3/WASC submarine fibre optic cable
      • Other projects
    • Terrestrial fibre
      • Central African Backbone (CAB)
    • VSAT
  • Internet market
    • Overview
      • Internet statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2011
    • Cameroon's ISP market
      • CamNet
      • MTN Network Solutions (MTN NS)
      • Orange
      • Matrix Telecoms
      • Ringo
      • Other ISPs
    • Public access locations
  • Broadband market
    • Overview
    • ADSL
    • Wireless broadband
      • WiMAX
      • WiFi
      • EV-DO
  • Convergence
    • VoIP
  • Mobile communications
    • Overview of Cameroon's mobile market
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 1996; 1998 - 2011
        • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - December 2009
    • Major mobile operators
      • MTN Cameroon
        • Table MTN Cameroon ARPU - 2003 - 2009
      • Orange CM
      • Cameroon Mobile Telecommunications (CMT)
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
    • Mobile data services
    • M-payment and m-banking
    • Satellite mobile
  • Forecasts
    • Forecasts - mobile market - 2012; 2015
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2012; 2015
      • Notes on scenario forecasts

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