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Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Cameroon anticipating SAIL submarine cable link with Brazil
The ICT sector in Cameroon contributes only about 3.5% of GDP, which is low for the region. The sector requires considerable development for the country to make better use of the digital economy. To this end the government has in train its Cameroon Digital 2020' program, aimed at improving connectivity nationally. A large number of small ICT projects form part of the overall program. The country will greatly benefit from the SAIL submarine cable providing a direct link to Brazil, and so onto other countries in the Americas. The cable, expected to be ready for service in late 2018, will improve international bandwidth and lead to further reductions in access prices for consumers.
Cameroon was for many years one of the few countries in Africa with only two competing mobile operators, MTN Cameroon and Orange Cameroon. After some delays, Nextell Cameroon majority-owned by Viettel) launched a third network in late 2014, including the country's first 3G mobile service. The operator has grown swiftly, signing up more than three million subscribers and claiming a 16% market share. Competition in 3G followed in early 2015 when both MTN and Orange launched services. Mobile broadband based on LTE was established at the end of 2015 and this has been the catalyst for a fast-developing mobile broadband sector. The investment programs among operators over the next few years will considerably boost mobile broadband services in rural areas of the country, many of which are underserved by fixed-line infrastructure.
Fixed-line penetration in the country is extremely low, and the privatisation of Camtel's fixed-line business has failed several times. Given these condition, fixed-line services are relatively insignificant in terms of internet connectivity.
Further development is quickening in mobile banking and commerce, with both the MTN Money and Orange Money platforms making considerable progress in facilitating services for customers, the number of which approaches six million.

Key developments:

Vodafone and Afrimax extend partner agreement to launch LTE services in Cameroon;
SAIL submarine cable soon to be laid, linking Cameroon with Brazil;
World bank proposes split-up of Camtel;
Camtel handed newly built fibre loops in Douala and Yaounde;
MTN launches its mobile health platform in Cameroon;
Government calls end to temporary telecom licences;
Delay in MNP launch, to be managed by Huawei;
Nextell planning to sign up five million subscribers on the back of an anticipated LTE launch;
MTN and Orange launch LTE services;
National fibre rollout continues with new funding;
Report update includes regulator's market data, telcos' operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Cameroon's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 5.3%
Internet users | 18%
Mobile SIM (population) | 81%

Companies mentioned in this report:

MTN Cameroon, Orange CM, Camtel, Cameroon Mobile Telecommunications (CMT), Pastel, CamNet, MTN Network Solutions, Matrix Telecoms, Ringo, Nextell Cameroon (Viettel), YooMee.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Licensing
5.3 Market liberalisation
5.4 Interconnection
5.5 International gateways
5.6 Universal Access Fund (UAF)
5.7 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Cameroon Telecommunication (Camtel)
6.1.1 Privatisation
6.2 Pastel
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Central African Backbone (CAB)
7.1.2 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
7.1.3 Cloud services
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cables
7.2.2 VSAT
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.2.1 Public access locations
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.3.1 ISP market
8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.4.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4.2 Other fixed broadband services
9. Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.3 Mobile data
9.3.1 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
9.4 Regulatory issues
9.4.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.4.2 SIM card registration
9.5 Mobile infrastructure
9.5.1 Digital networks
9.5.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.6 Major mobile operators
9.6.1 MTN Cameroon
9.6.2 Orange Cameroon
9.6.3 Nextell Cameroon (Viettel)
9.6.4 Camtel Mobile
9.6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
9.7 Mobile content and applications
9.7.1 M-payment and m-banking
9.7.2 M-health
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Cameroon 2016 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2017
Table 4 Internet and social media user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 VoIP subscribers by operator 2012 - 2013
Table 8 Historic - fixed lines in service 1995 - 2009
Table 9 Fixed lines in service 2010 - 2018
Table 10 Fixed-line subscribers 2000 2018
Table 11 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 12 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 13 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 14 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 15 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 16 Mobile market share by operator 2014 - 2015
Table 17 Forecast mobile subscribers 2018; 2030; 2022
Table 18 MTN Cameroon ARPU ($) 2003 - 2017
Table 19 MTN Cameroon ARPU (CFA) 2013 - 2016
Table 20 MTN Cameroon financial data 2011 - 2016
Table 21 MTN Ghana revenue by type 2015 - 2016
Table 22 MTN Cameroon subscribers 2012 - 2017
Table 23 Orange Cameroon mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 24 Orange Cameroon revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 25 Orange Cameroon annualised ARPU 2012 - 2016
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2018

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