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Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Jun 2018

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 56 Pages

Cameroon set for further competition in m-money services
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. The Commonwealth has been active in supporting e-commerce, and 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 country is expected to be connected to the SAIL submarine cable, 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 4.2 million subscribers by the end of 2017. 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 expected to launch its own m-money service by late 2018.

Key developments:

  • Camtel contracts SatADSL for satellite broadband services;
  • Cable laying for the SAIL cable system to Brazil gets underway;
  • Telecom revenue falls 0.5% in 2016, year-on-year;
  • Orange Cameroon launches LTE services using revised licence concession;
  • Nextell Cameroon to launch m-money service by late 2018;
  • Vodafone Cameroon closes operations after losing licence; MNOs fined for SIM card registration failures;
  • YooMe Mobile launches LTE offers as an MVNO;
  • Camtel handed newly built fibre loops in Douala and Yaounde;
  • MTN launches mobile health platform; further delays in MNP launch;
  • National fibre rollout continues with new funding;
  • Report update includes regulator’s market report for 2016, telcos’ operating data to Q1 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

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Market analysis

5. Regional African Market Comparison
5.1 Mobile and mobile broadband
5.2 Fixed and mobile broadband
5.3 TMI vs GDP

6. Regulatory environment
6.1 Regulatory authority
6.2 Licensing
6.3 Market liberalisation
6.4 Interconnection
6.5 International gateways
6.6 Universal Access Fund (UAF)
6.7 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

7. Fixed network operators
7.1 Cameroon Telecommunication (Camtel)
7.1.1 Privatisation
7.2 Pastel

8. Telecommunications infrastructure
8.1 Overview of the national telecom network
8.1.1 National fibre backbone
8.1.2 Central African Backbone (CAB)
8.1.3 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
8.1.4 Cloud services
8.2 International infrastructure
8.2.1 Submarine cables
8.2.2 VSAT

9. Fixed-line broadband market
9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9.2 Market analysis
9.2.1 Public access locations
9.3 Broadband statistics
9.3.1 ISP market
9.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
9.4.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
9.4.2 Other fixed broadband services

10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile data
10.4 Mobile broadband
10.4.1 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
10.5 Regulatory issues
10.5.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.5.2 SIM card registration
10.6 Mobile infrastructure
10.6.1 Digital networks
10.6.2 Other infrastructure developments
10.7 Major mobile operators
10.7.1 MTN Cameroon
10.7.2 Orange Cameroon
10.7.3 Nextell Cameroon (Viettel)
10.7.4 Camtel Mobile
10.7.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
10.8 Mobile content and applications
10.8.1 M-payment and m-banking
10.8.2 M-health

11. Related reports

List of Table

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

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Telecom market revenue – 2012 – 2016
Chart 2 – Telecom market investment – 2009 – 2016
Chart 3 – Africa Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Laggards (bottom tier) - 2017
Chart 4 – Central Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country - 2017
Chart 5 – Central Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration - 2017
Chart 6 – Central Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates - 2017
Chart 7 – Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita - 2017
Chart 8 – Central Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita - 2017
Chart 9 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
Chart 10 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2018
Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 – Central Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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