Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

The ICT sector in Cameroon is making steady progress enabling the country to make better use of the digital economy. Currently, about 95% of all electronic transactions are carried through the m-money services operated by MTN Cameroon and Orange Cameroon. The government has also been supportive, having launched its Cameroon Digital 2020' program, aimed at improving connectivity nationally. A large number of small ICT projects form part of the overall program. By September 2018 the SAIL submarine cable had been laid, providing a direct link to Brazil and with onward connectivity to other countries in the Americas. The cable will substantially 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. 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 rapidly, signing up more than 4.89 million subscribers by late 2018. LTE services have also developed strongly, with Orange Cameroon securing revised concessions to its existing 3G licence to enable it to launch LTE services and so compete more effectively with MTN. These developments were 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.

Further development is quickening in mobile banking and commerce, with Nextell having launched its own m-money service in late 2018.

Key developments:

Camtel contracts SatADSL for satellite broadband services;
Cable laying for the SAIL cable system to Brazil is completed;
Telecom revenue increases 3.3% in 2017, year-on-year;
Orange Cameroon expands LTE services;
Nextell Cameroon launches m-money service;
MNOs fined for SIM card registration failures;
National fibre rollout continues with new funding;
Report update includes regulators market report for 2017, telcos operating data to Q4 2018, Telecom Maturity Index tables, charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • Executive summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Cameroon - 2018 (e)
  • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom market revenue - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Market share of revenue by sector- 2010 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market investment - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Market share of investment by sector- 2010 - 2017
      • Digital Cameroon 2020
  • Regional African Market Comparison
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND
    • TMI VS GDP
  • Regulatory environment
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • LICENSING
    • MARKET LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • INTERNATIONAL GATEWAYS
    • UNIVERSAL ACCESS FUND (UAF)
    • VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL (VOIP)
  • Fixed network operators
    • CAMEROON TELECOMMUNICATION (CAMTEL)
      • Table Camtel revenue - 2013 - 2017
      • Table Camtel fixed lines by type - 2014 - 2017
      • Table Camtel fixed-line traffic by type - 2014 - 2017
      • Privatisation
    • PASTEL
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • Table Historic - fixed lines in service - 1995 - 2009
    • Table Fixed lines in service - 2010 - 2018
    • Table Fixed-line subscribers - 2000 - 2018
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • National fibre backbone
      • Central African Backbone (CAB)
      • Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
      • Cloud services
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cables
        • Table International bandwidth - 2008 - 2016
      • VSAT
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed internet market revenue - 2013 - 2017
      • Public access locations
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2018
      • Table Total fixed and mobile internet subscribers - 2014 - 2017
      • ISP market
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table CamNet fixed broadband subscribers (DSL, EVDO and CDMA - 2012 - 2017
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
        • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2014 - 2017
      • Other fixed broadband services
        • Table WiMAX subscribers - 2012 - 2017
  • Mobile market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Mobile subscribers by type - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2015 - 2017
      • Table Mobile ARPU, SMS and voice traffic per subscriber per month - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2013 - 2017
      • Table Mobile market revenue - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Mobile market share of revenue by operator - 2014 - 2017
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table GSM SMS traffic - 2013 - 2017
      • Table CDMA SMS traffic - 2015 - 2017
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2014 - 2018
      • Table GPRS/EDGE/3G mobile internet subscribers - 2013 - 2017
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • SIM card registration
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table Mobile 3G and WiMAX/LTE population coverage - 2014 - 2018
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MTN Cameroon
        • Table MTN Cameroon ARPU ($) - 2003 - 2018
        • Table MTN Cameroon ARPU (CFA) - 2013 - 2018
        • Table MTN Cameroon financial data - 2011 - 2018
        • Table MTN Cameroon revenue by type - 2015 - 2018
        • Table MTN Cameroon revenue (XAF) - 2016 - 2018
        • Table MTN Cameroon subscribers - 2012 - 2018
      • Orange Cameroon
        • Table Orange Cameroon mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2018
        • Table Orange Cameroon revenue - 2012 - 2018
        • Table Orange Cameroon annualised ARPU - 2012 - 2017
      • Nextell Cameroon (Viettel)
        • Table Nextell Cameroon mobile subscribers - 2014 - 2018
      • Camtel Mobile
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payment and m-banking
        • Table M-money users and transactions - 2012 - 2017
        • Table M-money penetration - 2012 - 2017
        • Table Average m-money transactions per user - 2013 - 2017
      • M-health
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