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Cameroons mobile networks crucial for health servicesCameroon was for many years one of the few countries in Africa with only two competing mobile operators, MTN and Orange. After some delays, Nextell Cameroon launched a third network in late 2014, including the countrys first 3G mobile service. MTN and Orange both launched 3G services in March 2015, followed by LTE services at the end of 2015. Their investment programs indicate a commitment to rolling out mobile data services nationally over the next few years. This will considerably boost mobile broadband services in many rural areas of the country which are underserved by fixed-line infrastructure. The re-entry into the mobile market by the incumbent telco Camtel, through its Camtel Mobile division, was delayed by controversy regarding its licence. The operator reported having more than 4000,000 subscribers by early 2016, giving it a market share of a about 1.5percent.
Fixed-line penetration in the country is extremely low, and the privatisation of Camtels fixed-line business has failed several times. Given these condition, the mobile sector has grown rapidly. It has become the main platform for internet access, while also adopting a crucial role in areas such as health through the m-health platforms managed by orange and MTN.
Mirroring a trend throughout developing markets, the average revenue per user (ARPU) in Cameroons mobile sector has fallen continuously as lower income groups gain access to services. The operators are developing new revenue streams from the virtually untapped Internet and broadband market by introducing mobile data and WiMAX wireless broadband services, as well as mobile banking.
Camtel was allowed to monopolise access to the SAT-3/WASC international fibre optic submarine cable until 2012. This had led to high prices and a grey market of unlicensed satellite gateway operators offering internet access and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. This changed with the countrys connection to the WACS cable and a new spur added to the ACE cable. In addition, Camtel is party to two new cables connecting to Nigeria and to Brazil, the latter cable expected to be in service by the end of 2017. These form part of the major expansion program underway to create a national fibre backbone network, so extending the reach and capacity of internet services.
Camtel signs contract for Cameroon-Brazil Cable System, to be lit by end-2017;
Government showcases digital village;
Camtel handed newly built fibre loops in Douala and Yaounde;
MTN launches its mobile health platform in Cameroon;
Nigerian-Cameroon Submarine Cable System lit, initially with 40Gb/s;
MNP expected to be launched in November 2016, managed by Huawei;
MTN Business launches cloud platform in Cameroon;
WACS cable becomes operational after Camtel builds link between the Limbe landing station and facilities in Douala;
Nextell reports having three million subscribers by early 2016;
MTN and Orange launch LTE services;
National fibre rollout continues with new funding;
Cameroon Railways looks to set up an independent fibre optic network linking rail stations;
Report update includes regulators market data, telcos operating data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.Market penetration rates in Cameroons telecoms sector - 2015 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services:Penetration
Mobile SIM (population)80percent
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.
Table of Contents
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.3 Market liberalisation
5.5 International gateways
5.6 Universal Access Fund (UAF)
5.7 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6. Fixed network operators
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Central African Backbone (CAB)
7.1.2 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
7.1.3 Cloud services
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cables
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.2.1 Public access locations
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.3.1 ISP market
8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.4.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4.2 Other fixed broadband services
9. Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.3 Mobile data
9.3.1 Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
9.4 Regulatory issues
9.4.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.4.2 SIM card registration
9.5 Mobile infrastructure
9.5.1 Digital networks
9.5.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.6 Major mobile operators
9.6.1 MTN Cameroon
9.6.2 Orange Cameroon
9.6.3 Nextell Cameroon (Viettel)
9.6.4 Camtel Mobile
9.6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
9.7 Mobile content and applications
9.7.1 M-payment and m-banking
10. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Cameroon - 2015 (e)
Table 2 - Fixed-line network statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2016 (e)
Table 4 - Internet and social media user statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - VoIP subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2013
Table 8 - Historic - fixed lines in service - 1995 - 2009
Table 9 - Fixed lines in service - 2010 - 2016
Table 10 - Fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2015
Table 11 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
Table 12 - Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
Table 13 - Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 14 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
Table 15 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
Table 16 -Mobile market share by operator - 2014 - 2015
Table 17 - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 18 - MTN Cameroon ARPU ($) - 2003 - 2016
Table 19 - MTN Cameroon ARPU (CFA) - 2013 - 2016
Table 20 - MTN Cameroon financial data - 2011 - 2014
Table 21 - MTN Cameroon subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 22 - Orange Cameroon mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 23 - Orange Cameroon revenue - 2012 - 2016
Table 24 - Orange Cameroon annualised ARPU - 2012 - 2016
Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2016
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