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Senegal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

Senegal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

Senegalese government confirms that ASO will meet June 2015 deadline

Senegal continues to benefit from solid economic development, with GDP estimated to have grown 4.5% in 2014. This has translated into consistent growth in the telecom market. The dominant player Sonatel, majority-owned by France Telecom and branded as Orange, has effective competition from a small number of operators, particularly in the mobile services sector where Tigo Senegal and Espresso have a 24% and 20% market share, respectively.

Competition in the fixed-line sector was introduced when Sudan's Sudatel launched services as the second national operator (SNO) in 2009. Operating as Expresso, fully owned by Expresso Telecom (in which Sudatel holds a 75% stake), the company launched mobile services in the same year. The new entrant initially chose CDMA2000 technology to serve both market segments but switched to GSM technology in 2010, including 3G/HSPA mobile broadband.

The licensing of new operators has not always been transparent in Senegal, with the licences of both Sentel and Sudatel were awarded under controversial circumstances. Sentel settled a four-year licence dispute with the government in August 2012.

The mobile market has prospered, helped in part by poor fixed-line infrastructure in some rural areas. Mobile penetration reached about 111% by early 2015. A range of value-added services is available to subscribers, including mobile broadband access, which has become by far the dominant internet platform, accounting for about 93% of all internet accesses.

Development of the internet market until 2007 was hampered by Sonatel's monopolistic pricing of bandwidth on the only high-capacity international submarine fibre optic cable serving the country. Despite this, broadband services in Senegal are relatively advanced, and a range of IP-based services including broadband TV (IPTV) and converged triple-play services are offered. Sonatel has progressively reduced its prices following the arrival of several competing international fibre optic submarine cables.

Estimated market penetration rates in Senegal's telecoms sector end-2015 (e)
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 115%
Fixed | 2.1%
Internet | 26%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Key developments:

Regulator cancels Tigo's LTE trial;
Internet.org sets up in Senegal;
Work of the Diamniadio Valley digital city expected to start mid-2015;
Tigo launches commercial LTE services, develops Mobile Wallet platform, expands HSPA+ network;
Rapid Communications sets up mobile remittance service in Senegal;
Mobile subscriber base reaches 14.4 million;
MNP comes into force;
Regulator sets up new body to monitor QoS of telecom services;
Mobile internet accounting for 93% of all internet connections;
Competition in international fibre bandwidth boosts broadband market;
Sonatel signs agreement to provide free 1Mb/s internet services to schools, sells domestic mobile tower portfolio;
Ericsson takes over operational management of Tigo's mobile networks;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2014;
Operator data to Q1 2015;
Recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Sonatel (France Telecom, Orange), Millicom (Sentel, Tigo), Sudatel (Expresso), Arc Informatique, Globacom, Mainstreet Technologies.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Senegal's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors.

Subjects include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure developments;
Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
Convergence and Digital Media;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and industry issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).


1. Executive summary
2. Key Statistics
2.1 Country overview (economy)
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Senegal's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Telecom sector reform
4.2 Telecommunications Act of 2001
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.3.1 ARTP
4.4 Universal Service Fund
4.5 West African common regulatory framework 2005
4.6 Electronic Transactions Act
4.7 Taxes
4.8 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.9 Digital Cities
4.9.1 Second national operator (SNO) licence
5. Fixed network operators in Senegal
5.1 Sonatel (Orange)
5.1.1 Subsidiaries
5.1.2 Privatisation
5.1.3 Financial results
5.1.4 Network infrastructure and services
5.1.5 Expansion into rural areas
5.1.6 Telecentres
5.1.7 International expansion
5.2 Expresso
6. National infrastructure
6.1 Fixed-line statistics
7. International infrastructure
7.1 Satellite
7.2 Terrestrial fibre and microwave
7.3 Submarine fibre
7.3.1 SAT-3/WASC
7.3.2 Glo-1
7.3.3 ACE
7.3.4 Main One
8. Internet market
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 Internet statistics
8.2 Internet connectivity
8.2.1 National Research and Education Network (NREN)
8.3 Low-cost computers
8.4 ISP market
8.4.1 Orange (Sonatel)
8.4.2 ARC Informatique
8.4.3 Expresso
8.4.4 Other ISPs
8.5 VoIP
9. Broadband market
9.1 ADSL
9.2 WiFi
9.3 Mobile broadband subscribers
10. Digital Economy
10.1 IPTV, triple play
10.2 E-health
10.3 E-learning
10.4 E-government
10.5 Smart grids, Broadband over Powerlines (BPL, PLC)
10.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Overview of Senegal's mobile market
11.1.1 Mobile statistics
11.1.2 Mobile market share
11.1.3 Prepaid market
11.2 Regulatory issues
11.2.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.2.2 SIM card registration
11.2.3 Per-second billing (PSB)
11.2.4 MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operators)
11.2.5 Millicom licence dispute
11.3 Major mobile operators
11.3.1 Orange (Sonatel Mobiles)
11.3.2 Tigo (Sentel GSM)
11.3.3 Expresso (Sudatel)
11.3.4 Hayo Telecom
11.4 Mobile data services
11.4.1 SMS
11.4.2 MMS
11.4.3 GPRS and EDGE
11.4.4 EV-DO
11.4.5 WAP
11.4.6 BlackBerry, iPhone
11.4.7 Third Generation (3G)
11.4.8 High Speed packet access (HSPA)
11.4.9 Fourth Generation (4G/Long-term-Evolution)
11.5 Mobile content and applications
11.5.1 Manobi
11.5.2 M-payments and m-banking
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Senegal 2014 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2015
Table 4 Internet statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Sonatel Group financial results 2004 - 2014
Table 8 Sonatel (Senegal) financial results 2012 - 2014
Table 9 Sonatel/Orange fixed-line ARPU 2004 - 2014
Table 10 Expresso Senegal CDMA fixed-wireless access subscribers 2009 - 2011
Table 11 Historic -Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Senegal 1999 - 2004
Table 12 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Senegal 2005 - 2015
Table 13 Market share of fixed-line subscribers by operator 2012 - 2014
Table 14 Historic Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate in Senegal 1999 - 2004
Table 15 Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate in Senegal 2005 - 2015
Table 16 Internet subscribers in Senegal 2000 - 2015
Table 17 Internet subscriber penetration 2011 - 2015
Table 18 Market share of internet connections by platform 2011 - 2014
Table 19 Internet subscribers by platform 2011 - 2014
Table 20 Market share of internet subscribers by operator 2012 - 2014
Table 21 International internet bandwidth in Senegal 2002 - 2013
Table 22 ADSL subscribers in Senegal 2004 - 2015
Table 23 Fixed wireless internet subscribers 2012 2015
Table 24 Fixed wireless broadband market share by operator (keys) 2013 - 2014
Table 25 Mobile broadband (2G/3G) subscribers 2011 - 2014
Table 26 Market share of 2G/3G internet subscribers by operator 2012 - 2014
Table 27 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Senegal 2000 - 2004
Table 28 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Senegal 2005 - 2015
Table 29 Market share of subscribers by operator 2011 - 2014
Table 30 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 31 Sonatel/Orange mobile subscribers 1999 - 2014
Table 32 Sonatel/Orange mobile revenue 2011 - 2014
Table 33 Sonatel/Orange mobile prepaid ARPU 2011 - 2014
Table 34 Orange Senegal mobile ARPU (XOF), prepaid versus postpaid 2004 - 2013
Table 35 Orange Senegal mobile ARPU () 2012 - 2014
Table 36 Tigo mobile subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 37 Expresso mobile subscribers 2010 - 2014
Chart 1 Sonatel Group financial results 2004 2014
Chart 2 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Senegal 2005 2015
Chart 3 Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate in Senegal 2005 2015
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Senegal 2005 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Senegal
Exhibit 2 West African common regulatory framework 2005

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