Telecommunication in CameroonCompared to the European Union, Cameroon is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +237, there were a total of 26.13 m connections in 2020. Among them were 25.25 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.95 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.
In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Cameroon is back. Around 34% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 3% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).
With about 10,207 webhosts, Cameroon is below the world's average by population.
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Development of telephone and internet connectionsWith an average download speed of 14.04 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Cameroon ranked 156th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 8.5 Mbit/second (158th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Cameroon comes 67th with a download speed of 36.68 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was enough for 73rd place.
The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.
The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.
Access to the Internet in Cameroon from 1990 - 2019
Broadband internet in Cameroon 2005 - 2020
Landlines 1990 - 2020
Mobile phones 1990 - 2020
|Distribution in 2020||Cameroon|
|Broadband users||713,845.00||2.69 %||162.67 m||36.33 %|
|Landlines||883,015.00||3.33 %||159.99 m||35.73 %|
|Mobile cellulars||25.25 m||95.10 %||541.96 m||121.03 %|