Senegal Telecommunications Report 2017
BMI View: Licensing MVNOs would be a greater benefit to competition and service diversification thanlicensing a new infrastructure-based player. Saturation has driven operators to compete on pricing, withthe net result being squeezed margins and investor fatigue. Players can better monetise capital-intensiveassets by selling unused capacity to MVNOs and reinvest in advanced services. Orange is best placed to dothat and a 4G concession will help. The potential that a fourth network operator could be licensed stillexists, however, and we do not believe the market needs another infrastructure-orientated player.
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Senegal had 15.19mn mobile subscribers at the end of 2016. Rural expansion will drive modest growththrough to 2021, when there will be 17.13mn subscribers. Of that number, 53.1% will be on 3G/4Gplatforms, demand for which will be muted by relatively high prices.
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