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Telecommunication in Cameroon

Compared to the United States, Cameroon is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +237, there were a total of 23.18 million connections in 2021. Among them were 22.44 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.83 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 10,207 webhosts, Cameroon is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 444 of these, or about 4 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 8.5 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Cameroon ranks 160th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 2.3 Mbit/second was significantly lower (172nd place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Cameroon comes 131st with a download speed of 10.48 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 7 Mbit was enough for 122nd place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Cameroon from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Cameroon 2005 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerCameroon is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 38 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 3 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

Distribution in 2021Cameroon
Landlines739,572.002.72 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars22.44 m82.51 %361.62 m108.96 %

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