Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Vodafone Cameroon closes down operations
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.
Vodafone Cameroon closes operations after losing licence;
SAIL submarine cable soon to be laid, linking Cameroon with Brazil;
YooMe Mobile launches LTE offers as an MVNO;
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 Q3 2017, recent market developments.
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.