Orange Senegal continues with 5G trials

Orange Senegal continues with 5G trials

Senegal’s telecom market continues to show steady growth in all sectors. This has been supported by the particular demands made on consumers during the pandemic, which resulted in a particularly strong increase in the number of subscribers.

The mobile subscriber base increased 6.7% in 2020, year-on-year, and by 6% in the year to September 2021, while the number of fixed broadband subscribers increased 19.3% in the year to June 2021. In common with most markets in the region, mobile internet platforms account for the vast majority of all internet accesses.

Orange Group’s local subsidiary Orange Senegal (Sonatel) remains the dominant player in both the fixed-line and mobile sectors. Free Senegal and Expresso Telecom provide effective competition, and though their relative market shares have been relatively stable since 2013, Free has more recently made some inroads to the share held by Expresso. This can partly be explained by the two-year delay in Expresso launching LTE services, and so losing new subscribers to its competitors.

Orange Senegal for some years held a near monopoly on the fixed-line, though moderate competition became effective after Expresso launched services as the second national operator in 2009. However, Expresso soon afterwards stopped investing on the sector, and it stopped providing fixed telephony services in September 2018. In February 2021, the regulator ordered the company to relaunch fixed telephony services, and so adhere to its licence terms. By the following September it had signed up several thousand customers.

Key developments:

  • Orange Senegal completes second 5G tests, with Nokia as partner;
  • National Digital Council of Senegal gets to work;
  • Intersat signs deal with Eutelsat Communications to deliver broadband services using the Eutelsat Konnect satellite;
  • Three MNOs are fined for failing QoS of networks;
  • Helios Towers acquires passive infrastructure assets from Free Senegal, commits $200 million investment in upgrading telecom coverage through to 2026;
  • Expresso launches e-money platform;
  • Digital Senegal 2025 program to cost XOF1,346 billion;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2021, operator data to Q3 2021, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the impact of the pandemic on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

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Report title: Senegal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Edition: February 2022

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

Number of pages: 158

Companies mentioned in this report: Sonatel (Orange Senegal), Free Senegal (Sentel, Tigo Senegal), Saga Africa Holdings, Sudatel (Expresso), Arc Informatique, Globacom, Mainstreet Technologies, Lycamobile Senegal

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