The Agency for the Regulations of Telecommunications (ART) was created in 1998 to regulate telecommunications, in part to respond to the growing mobile phone sector. ART
- 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. In the interest of competition between the two main providers, there are frequent commercial promotion campaigns with reduced prices. The major companies controlling in the mobile market in Cameroon are:
Is there an existing landline telephone network?
Does it allow international calls?
Number and Length of Downtime Periods (on average)
Downtime periods not frequent. When it occurs due for to technical operations, it can last for a short period within a day
Mobile Phone Providers
The major companies controlling 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.
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?
UHF/VHF/HF Radio: Handheld, Base and Mobile
Individual Network Operator Licenses Required
Frequency Licenses Required
VHF frequencies, HF frequencies, repeaters and VSAT
Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems