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The Agency for the Regulations of Telecommunications (ART) was created in 1998 to regulate telecommunications.

  • Guarantee a fair and transparent competition amongst companies of telecommunications;
  • Develop a wide access to the New Technology of Communication (NTC) to a large public.

The Agency has representations in Yaoundé, Douala and Garoua. It is relatively easy to subscribe a line with any dealer or commercial agent of one of the below mobile telephone providers. Only an ID card is needed for subscriber identification. The major companies in the mobile market in Cameroon are:

  • ORANGE: covered 10 Regions - 38.1% of mobile subscribers as of January 2018
  • MTN (South African Mobile Telecommunication Network) covered 10 regions - 37.3% of mobile subscribers as of January 2018
  • NEXTTEL: covered 10 regions - 23.6% of subscribers as of January 2018
  • CAMTEL (the Cameroon mobile telecommunication company): covered 10 regions - 1% of subscribers as of January 2018

This attachment provides a snapshot of digital statistical indicators.

Source: Le Mobile Au Kamer

A number of companies are now moving into local Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT). Systems for data transmission, international telephone service and Internet access.

For more information on telecoms contacts, please see the following link: 4.11 Cameroon Additional Services Contact List

Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

Yes

Does it allow international calls?

Yes

Number and Length of Downtime Periods (on average)

Downtime periods not frequent. When it occurs due to technical operations, it can last for a short period within a day

Mobile Phone Providers

The major companies in the mobile market in Cameroon are MTN, ORANGE, CAMTEL, and NEXTTEL. 

Approximate Percentage of National Coverage

100% availability within the 10 Regions for a coverage of 71.18% of the population.

Telecommunication Regulation

For ICT equipment (V-SAT and radio etc.) importation in Cameroon, a request for homologation of the devices should be addressed to ART (Regulating Authority) before it is used in the country.

Regulations on Usage and Import


Regulations in Place?

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

ART

HF Radio

Yes

ART

UHF/VHF/HF Radio: Handheld, Base and Mobile

Yes

ART

UHF/VHF Repeaters

Yes

ART

GPS

No

N/A

VSAT

Yes

ART

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required

  • Raise a request to ART - Agency for the Regulation of Telecommunications – Website: www.art.cm
  • Further to the request, an agreement assigning a frequency to the applicant is granted.
  • It should be mentioned that some fees have to be paid for the request and each year for the use of the frequency and V-SAT.
  • All forms to be used for application are available at the following link: http://www.art.cm/guichet.php

Frequency Licenses Required

VHF frequencies, HF frequencies, repeaters and VSAT

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems


UNDP

WFP

UNHCR

FICR


MSF

VHF Frequencies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

HF Frequencies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Locations of Repeaters

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

VSAT

Yes

Yes

Yes


No