In the year 2016, access to the Internet increased by 16.5% in the Cameroonian territory, finally culminating at 18% at the end of the year. The population with access to the web is estimated at 4.3 million people (out of 22 million inhabitants).
This is revealed by Internet Live Stats, a member of the Real Time Statistics project (www.worldometers.info), an international team of developers, researchers and analysts working to make statistics available in a dynamic format. The real-time statistical counters of this structure, one learns, are used by many media and international organizations.
Cameroon is one of the three African countries that achieved this prowess in 2016, with Mali (+ 18.6%) and Lesotho (+ 18.1%), thanks to this explosive growth over a single year.
The Cameroonian performance in this hit-parade can be explained by the launch, in the year 2015, of 3G and 4G networks by the mobile operators operating in the country. Anything that made it possible to access the mobile internet.
Moreover, the Internet penetration rate in Cameroon, as revealed by the Internet Live Stats, is different from that revealed on 13 December 2016 in Yaounde by the local subsidiary of the Swedish telecom firm Ericsson, which then quoted the Ericsson Mobility Report of June 2016 and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). According to these sources, the Internet penetration rate in Cameroon reached 25.6% in 2015, even exceeding the average in sub-Saharan Africa, which was only 20% over the same period.