CAMEROON DIGITAL REPORT

This page contains all the data, insights, and trends you need to help you understand how people in Cameroon use connected devices and services in 2022.

You’ll find our complete Digital 2022 report on Cameroon in the “full report” section below, but let’s start by taking a look at the essential headlines for digital adoption and use in Cameroon this year.

Cameroon’s population in 2022

Cameroon’s total population was 27.57 million in January 2022.

Data show that Cameroon’s population increased by 683 thousand (+2.5 percent) between 2021 and 2022.

50.0 percent of Cameroon’s population is female, while 50.0 percent of the population is male.

At the start of 2022, 58.7 percent of Cameroon’s population lived in urban centres, while 41.3 percent lived in rural areas.

Note: gender data are currently only available for “female” and “male”.

Cameroon’s population by age

The median age of the population in Cameroon is 19.0.

For additional context, here’s a look at how the population in Cameroon breaks down by age group:

  • 15.2 percent of Cameroon’s population is between the ages of 0 and 4.
  • 21.5 percent of Cameroon’s population is between the ages of 5 and 12.
  • 11.5 percent of Cameroon’s population is between the ages of 13 and 17.
  • 13.3 percent of Cameroon’s population is between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • 14.9 percent of Cameroon’s population is between the ages of 25 and 34.
  • 10.6 percent of Cameroon’s population is between the ages of 35 and 44.
  • 6.5 percent of Cameroon’s population is between the ages of 45 and 54.
  • 3.8 percent of Cameroon’s population is between the ages of 55 and 64.
  • 2.7 percent of Cameroon’s population is aged 65 and above.

Note: percentages may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.

Internet use in Cameroon in 2022

There were 10.05 million internet users in Cameroon in January 2022.

Cameroon’s internet penetration rate stood at 36.5 percent of the total population at the start of 2022.

Kepios analysis indicates that internet users in Cameroon increased by 967 thousand (+10.6 percent) between 2021 and 2022.

For perspective, these user figures reveal that 17.51 million people in Cameroon did not use the internet at the start of 2022, meaning that 63.5 percent of the population remained offline at the beginning of the year.

However, issues relating to COVID-19 continue to impact research into internet adoption, so actual internet user figures may be higher than these published numbers suggest (see here for further details).

For the latest insights into internet adoption and use around the world, follow our regular Global Statshot reports.

Go global: see how Cameroon’s current “state of digital” compares with connectivity in other countries by reading our flagship Digital 2022 Global Overview Report, which includes hundreds of slides of global digital data, and our in-depth analysis of what these numbers might mean for you.

Internet connection speeds in Cameroon in 2022

Data published by Ookla indicate that internet users in Cameroon could have expected the following internet connection speeds at the start of 2022:

  • Median mobile internet connection speed via cellular networks: 13.57 Mbps.
  • Median fixed internet connection speed: 8.13 Mbps.

Ookla’s data reveals that the median mobile internet connection speed in Cameroon decreased by 0.59 Mbps (-4.2 percent) in the twelve months to the start of 2022.

Meanwhile, Ookla’s data shows that fixed internet connection speeds in Cameroon increased by 2.41 Mbps (+42.1 percent) during the same period.

Social media statistics for Cameroon in 2022

There were 4.55 million social media users in Cameroon in January 2022.

The number of social media users in Cameroon at the start of 2022 was equivalent to 16.5 percent of the total population, but it’s important to note that social media users may not represent unique individuals (see our detailed notes on data to learn why).

Kepios analysis reveals that social media users in Cameroon increased by 250 thousand (+5.8 percent) between 2021 and 2022.

Get fresh insights: our handy social media overview page helps you stay up to date with social media trends, offering essential headlines for social media adoption, as well as the latest user figures for the world’s most widely used social media platforms.

Facebook users in Cameroon in 2022

Data published in Meta’s advertising resources indicates that Facebook had 4.10 million users in Cameroon in early 2022.

However, Meta made important changes to the way its advertising resources report audience reach data at the end of 2021 – including making significant revisions to its base audience data for Facebook – so the figures shown here are not directly comparable with figures published in our previous reports.

To learn more about these changes, please see this article, as well as our comprehensive notes on data.

The company’s revised audience figures mean that Facebook’s ad reach in Cameroon was equivalent to 14.9 percent of the total population at the start of 2022.

However, Facebook restricts the use of its platform to people aged 13 and above, so it’s also worth highlighting that 23.5 percent of the “eligible” audience in Cameroon uses Facebook in 2022.

For additional context, Facebook’s ad reach in Cameroon was equivalent to 40.8 percent of the local internet user base (regardless of age) in January 2022.

At the start of 2022, 42.5 percent of Facebook’s ad audience in Cameroon was female, while 57.5 percent was male.

Note: Meta’s advertising resources only publish audience gender data for “female” and “male” users.

Looking for more Facebook stats? Click here to explore our in-depth Facebook data for every country in the world.

Instagram users in Cameroon in 2022

Numbers published in Meta’s advertising tools indicate that Instagram had 613.6 thousand users in Cameroon in early 2022.

This figure suggests that Instagram’s ad reach in Cameroon was equivalent to 2.2 percent of the total population at the start of the year.

However, Instagram restricts the use of its platform to people aged 13 and above, so it’s helpful to know that 3.5 percent of the “eligible” audience in Cameroon uses Instagram in 2022.

It’s also worth noting that Instagram’s ad reach in Cameroon at the start of 2022 was equivalent to 6.1 percent of the local internet user base (regardless of age).

In early 2022, 39.9 percent of Instagram’s ad audience in Cameroon was female, while 60.1 percent was male.

Note: Meta’s advertising resources only publish audience gender data for “female” and “male” users.

Looking for more Instagram stats? Click here to explore our in-depth Instagram data for every country in the world.

Facebook Messenger users in Cameroon in 2022

Data published in Meta’s advertising resources indicate that ads on Facebook Messenger reached 789.4 thousand users in Cameroon in early 2022.

However, Meta made important changes to the way its advertising resources report audience reach data at the end of 2021 – including making significant revisions to its base audience data for Facebook Messenger – so the figures shown here are not directly comparable with figures published in our previous reports.

To learn more about these changes, please see this article, as well as our comprehensive notes on data.

The company’s revised audience numbers suggest that Facebook Messenger’s ad reach in Cameroon was equivalent to 2.9 percent of the total population at the start of the year.

Facebook Messenger restricts the use of its platform to people aged 13 and above though, so it’s also worth highlighting that ads reach 4.5 percent of Facebook Messenger’s “eligible” audience in Cameroon in 2022.

For additional context, Facebook Messenger’s ad reach in Cameroon is equivalent to 7.9 percent of the local internet user base (regardless of age).

At the start of 2022, 40.1 percent of Facebook Messenger’s ad audience in Cameroon was female, while 59.9 percent was male.

Notes: Meta’s advertising resources only publish audience gender data for “female” and “male” users.

Looking for more Facebook Messenger stats? Click here to explore our in-depth Facebook Messenger data for every country in the world.

LinkedIn users in Cameroon in 2022

Figures published in LinkedIn’s advertising resources indicate that LinkedIn had 820.0 thousand “members” in Cameroon in early 2022.

However, note that LinkedIn’s advertising tools publish audience reach data based on total registered members, rather than the monthly active users that form the basis of the ad reach figures published by most other social media platforms.

As a result, these LinkedIn figures are not directly comparable with the figures for other social media platforms published on this page, or in our Digital 2022 reports.

The company’s advertising reach figures suggest that LinkedIn’s audience in Cameroon was equivalent to 3.0 percent of the total population at the start of 2022.

LinkedIn restricts the use of its platform to people aged 18 and above though, so it’s also helpful to know that 5.7 percent of the “eligible” audience in Cameroon uses LinkedIn in 2022.

For additional context, LinkedIn’s ad reach in Cameroon was equivalent to 8.2 percent of the local internet user base (regardless of age) at the start of the year.

In early 2022, 36.7 percent of LinkedIn’s ad audience in Cameroon was female, while 63.3 percent was male.

Note: LinkedIn’s advertising resources only publish audience gender data for “female” and “male” users.

Looking for more LinkedIn stats? Click here to explore our in-depth LinkedIn data for every country in the world.

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Twitter users in Cameroon in 2022

Numbers published in Twitter’s advertising resources indicate that Twitter had 145.3 thousand users in Cameroon in early 2022.

This figure means that Twitter’s ad reach in Cameroon was equivalent to 0.5 percent of the total population at the time.

However, Twitter restricts the use of its platform to people aged 13 and above, so it may be helpful to know that 0.8 percent of the “eligible” audience in Cameroon uses Twitter in 2022.

For additional context, Twitter’s ad reach in Cameroon was equivalent to 1.4 percent of the local internet user base (regardless of age) at the start of the year.

Note: due to anomalies in the source data, we regret that we’re currently unable to provide insights into Twitter’s ad audience by gender.

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Mobile connections in Cameroon in 2022

Data from GSMA Intelligence shows that there were 21.69 million cellular mobile connections in Cameroon at the start of 2022.

However, note that many people around the world make use of more than one mobile connection – for example, they might have one connection for personal use, and another one for work – so it’s not unusual for mobile connection figures to significantly exceed figures for total population.

GSMA Intelligence’s numbers indicate that mobile connections in Cameroon were equivalent to 78.7 percent of the total population in January 2022.

The number of mobile connections in Cameroon decreased by 255 thousand (-1.2 percent) between 2021 and 2022.

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Additional resources

Just before we get to the full report, here are some suggestions for further reading, which will provide additional context for our full set of Digital 2022 numbers for Cameroon:

  • Read our complete Digital 2022 Global Overview Report to get a comprehensive overview of the “state of digital” around the world in 2022.
  • Click here to see all of the Global Digital Reports we’ve published on Cameroon over the past decade.
  • Explore all of our reports on countries in Middle Africa by clicking here.
  • Visit our complete online reports library to find all of the (free!) reports in the Global Digital Reports series.
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