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Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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  • 155 Pages
  • May 2022
  • Region: Cameroon
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • ID: 3763722

Cameroon delays moving on with 5G


Cameroon's mobile market dominates the country's telecom sector, accounting for the vast majority of voice and data connections. However, a combination of operator disputes, mismanagement, and laxity from the regulator has meant the market has not reached its potential.

Camtel has long held a licence to offer mobile services, yet it has failed to do so thus far. A launch of services scheduled for the beginning of 2021, under the Blue banner, has been put on hold and is not anticipated until some time in 2022. Nevertheless, a limited fixed-wireless broadband service, under the Blue Home banner, was launched in September 2021.

The third MNO Viettel Cameroon had suffered from its own internal difficulties revolving around a longstanding dispute between the two shareholders Viettel and Bestcam. Noting that the quality of services had fallen during the previous few years, and anxious to safeguard its XAF210 billion investment in the country, Viettel in November 2021 resumed talks with Bestcam.

For its part, the regulator has failed to progress with issuing a 5G trial licence to MTN Cameroon, despite appeals for a licence having been made since 2019.

Table of Contents

Key statistics
  • Regional Africa Market Comparison
  • Market characteristics
  • Market Leaders
  • Market Challengers
  • Market Emergents
  • TMI vs GDP
  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
Country overview
  • Telecommunications market
  • Market analysis
Regulatory environment
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
  • Mobile network developments
Mobile market
  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
  • Mobile data
  • Mobile broadband
  • Other infrastructure developments
  • Major mobile operators
  • Mobile content and applications
Fixed-line broadband market
  • Introduction and statistical overview
  • Broadband statistics
  • Fixed-line broadband technologies
Fixed network operators
  • Cameroon Telecommunication (Camtel)
  • Pastel
Telecommunications infrastructure
  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • International infrastructure
Digital economy
  • E-government
  • E-commerce
Data Centres
  • Glossary of abbreviations
  • Related reports
List of Tables
  • Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Cameroon 2022 (e)
  • Table 2 Telecom market revenue (XAF billion) 2012 2019
  • Table 3 Market share of revenue by sector 2012 2019
  • Table 4 Telecom market investment (XAF billion) 2012 2019
  • Table 5 Market share of investment by sector 2012 2019
  • Table 6 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
  • Table 7 Mobile subscribers by type 2012 2019
  • Table 8 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2012 2019
  • Table 9 Mobile ARPU, SMS and voice traffic per subscriber per month 2012 2019
  • Table 10 Mobile voice traffic (million minutes) 2013 2019
  • Table 11 Mobile market revenue 2012 2019
  • Table 12 Mobile market share of revenue by operator 2012 2019
  • Table 13 Localities covered by mobile networks 2018
  • Table 14 GSM SMS traffic 2013 2019
  • Table 15 CDMA SMS traffic 2015 2019
  • Table 16 Increase in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2014 2027
  • Table 17 GPRS/EDGE/3G mobile internet subscribers 2013 2019
  • Table 18 Development of mobile internet traffic 2016 2019
  • Table 19 Decline in MTN Cameroon's ARPU ($) 2012 2022
  • Table 20 Decline in MTN Cameroon's ARPU (CFA) 2012 2022
  • Table 21 MTN Cameroon financial data (ZAR billion) 2012 2021
  • Table 22 MTN Cameroon revenue by type (ZAR million) 2015 2021
  • Table 23 Development of MTN Cameroon's revenue (CFA) 2016 2021
  • Table 24 Increase in the number of MTN Cameroon's mobile subscribers 2012 2022
  • Table 25 Increase in the number of Orange Cameroon's mobile subscribers 2012 2022
  • Table 26 Development of Orange Cameroon's revenue 2012 2022
  • Table 27 Growth in the number of Viettel Cameroon's mobile subscribers 2014 2019
  • Table 28 Growth in the number of MTN Cameroon's m-money subscribers 2018 2021
  • Table 29 M-money users and transactions 2012 2019
  • Table 30 M-money penetration 2012 2019
  • Table 31 Average m-money transactions per user 2013 2018
  • Table 32 Fixed internet market revenue 2012 2019
  • Table 33 Total fixed and mobile internet subscribers 2014 2019
  • Table 34 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers 2012 2027
  • Table 35 CamNet fixed broadband subscribers (DSL, EVDO and CDMA) 2012 2019
  • Table 36 Fibre broadband subscribers 2014 2019
  • Table 37 WiMAX subscribers 2012 2019
  • Table 38 Development of Camtel's revenue 2012 2019
  • Table 39 Camtel fixed lines by type 2014 2019
  • Table 40 Camtel fixed-line traffic by type (million minutes) 2014 2019
  • Table 41 Change in the number of fixed lines in service 2012 2027
  • Table 42 Fixed line subscribers 2012 2019
  • Table 43 International bandwidth 2012 2020
  • Table 44 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 2011
  • Table 45 Historic - MTN Cameroon ARPU ($) 2003 2011
  • Table 46 Historic - Orange Cameroon annualised ARPU 2012 2017
  • Table 47 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1997 2015
  • Table 48 Historic - fixed line subscribers 1995 2011
  • Table 49 Historic - Fixed-lines in service 2000 2011
  • Table 50 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2005 2011
  • Table 51 Historic - International bandwidth 2008 2011

    List of Charts
  • Chart 1 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders
  • Chart 2 Africa Market Leaders global ranking
  • Chart 3 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers
  • Chart 4 Africa Market Challengers global ranking
  • Chart 5 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents
  • Chart 6 Africa Market Emergents global ranking
  • Chart 7 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 8 Africa Mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 Africa Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 10 Telecom market revenue 2012 2019
  • Chart 11 Market share of revenue by sector 2012 2019
  • Chart 12 Telecom market investment 2012 2019
  • Chart 13 Market share of investment by sector 2012 2019
  • Chart 14 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
  • Chart 15 Mobile subscribers by type 2012 2019
  • Chart 16 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2012 2019
  • Chart 17 Increase in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2014 2027
  • Chart 18 Decline in MTN Cameroon's ARPU 2012 2022
  • Chart 19 MTN Cameroon financial data 2012 2021
  • Chart 20 Increase in the number of MTN Cameroon's mobile subscribers 2012 2022
  • Chart 21 Increase in the number of Orange Cameroon's mobile subscribers 2012 2022
  • Chart 22 Orange Cameroon revenue 2012 2022
  • Chart 23 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers 2012 2027
  • Chart 24 CamNet fixed broadband subscribers (DSL, EVDO and CDMA) 2012 2019
  • Chart 25 Camtel fixed lines by type 2014 2019
  • Chart 26 Change in the number of fixed lines in service 2012 2027

    List of Exhibits
  • Exhibit 1 Map of Telecom Maturity Index global ranking among countries in Africa
  • Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 3 Africa Market Leaders and market developments
  • Exhibit 4 Africa Market Challengers and market developments
  • Exhibit 5 Africa Market Emergents and market developments

Executive Summary

Cameroon delays moving on with 5G


Cameroon’s mobile market dominates the country’s telecom sector, accounting for the vast majority of voice and data connections. However, a combination of operator disputes, mismanagement, and laxity from the regulator has meant the market has not reached its potential.


Camtel has long held a licence to offer mobile services, yet it has failed to do so thus far. A launch of services scheduled for the beginning of 2021, under the Blue banner, has been put on hold and is not anticipated until some time in 2022. Nevertheless, a limited fixed-wireless broadband service, under the Blue Home banner, was launched in September 2021.


The third MNO Viettel Cameroon had suffered from its own internal difficulties revolving around a longstanding dispute between the two shareholders Viettel and Bestcam. Noting that the quality of services had fallen during the previous few years, and anxious to safeguard its XAF210 billion investment in the country, Viettel in November 2021 resumed talks with Bestcam.


For its part, the regulator has failed to progress with issuing a 5G trial licence to MTN Cameroon, despite appeals for a licence having been made since 2019.