Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Cameroon increases internet bandwidth with SAIL cable

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 regulator's 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.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
      • 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)
      • Privatisation
    • Pastel
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • National fibre backbone
      • Central African Backbone (CAB)
      • Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
      • Cloud services
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cables
      • VSAT
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Public access locations
    • Broadband statistics
      • ISP market
    • Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
      • Other fixed broadband services
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile data
    • Mobile broadband
      • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Regulatory issues
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • SIM card registration
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Major mobile operators
      • MTN Cameroon
      • Orange Cameroon
      • Nextell Cameroon (Viettel)
      • Camtel Mobile
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
    • Mobile content and applications
      • M-payment and m-banking
      • M-health
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Cameroon – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom market revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 3 – Market share of revenue by sector– 2010 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Telecom market investment – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Market share of investment by sector– 2010 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Camtel revenue – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Camtel fixed lines by type – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Camtel fixed-line traffic by type – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 9 – Historic - fixed lines in service – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 10 – Fixed lines in service – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line subscribers – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 12 – International bandwidth – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 13 –Fixed internet market revenue – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 14 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 15 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Total fixed and mobile internet subscribers – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 18 – CamNet fixed broadband subscribers (DSL, EVDO and CDMA – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 19 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 20 – WiMAX subscribers – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 21 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 – 2009
  • Table 22 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Mobile subscribers by type – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 24 –Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 25 –Mobile ARPU, SMS and voice traffic per subscriber per month – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 26 –Mobile voice traffic – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 27 –Mobile market revenue – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 28 –Mobile market share of revenue by operator – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 29 – GSM SMS traffic – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 30 – CDMA SMS traffic – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 31 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 32 – GPRS/EDGE/3G mobile internet subscribers – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 33 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 34 – Mobile 3G and WiMAX/LTE population coverage – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 35 – MTN Cameroon ARPU ($) – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 36 – MTN Cameroon ARPU (CFA) – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 37 – MTN Cameroon financial data – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 38 – MTN Cameroon revenue by type – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 39 – MTN Cameroon revenue (XAF) – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 40 – MTN Cameroon subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 41 – Orange Cameroon mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 42 – Orange Cameroon revenue – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 43 – Orange Cameroon annualised ARPU – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 44 – Nextell Cameroon mobile subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 45 – M-money users and transactions – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 46 – M-money penetration – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 47 – Average m-money transactions per user – 2013 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telecom market revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Market share of revenue by sector– 2010 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Telecom market investment – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Market share of investment by sector– 2010 – 2017
  • Chart 5 – Africa Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents (bottom tier) – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Central Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Central Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Central Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates – 2017
  • Chart 9 – Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Central Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – CamNet fixed broadband subscribers (DSL, EVDO and CDMA – 2012 – 2017
  • Chart 13 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

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