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Telecommunication in Cameroon

Compared to the European Union, Cameroon is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +237, there were a total of 23.31 million connections in 2020. Among them were 22.35 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.84 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 10,207 webhosts, Cameroon is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 444 million 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 6.9 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Cameroon ranked 161st in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 2.5 Mbit/second was significantly lower (171st place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Cameroon comes 135th with a download speed of 9.0 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 8 Mbit was enough for 114th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 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 - 2020

Broadband internet in Cameroon 2005 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerCameroon is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 38% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 3% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Cameroon
Internet users10.03 m37.80 %379.21 m84.74 %
Broadband users722,579.002.72 %163.72 m36.59 %
Landlines964,378.003.63 %160.15 m35.79 %
Mobile cellulars22.35 m84.20 %540.56 m120.80 %

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