Telecoms - In Brief

Telecoms

- Comium Liberia, which was taken over by new investors in July 2012, has announced that it has relaunched under the ‘Novafone’ banner, with coverage of around 85%-90% of the country. The mobile operator has deployed a Dual Carrier (DC)-HSPA+ platform across its network, supporting theoretical downlink transmission speeds of up to 42Mbps, which it markets as ‘4G’.

- According to data published by the Senegalese telecoms regulator, the Agence de Regulation des Telecoms et Postes (ARTP), the total number of mobile phones in Senegal exceeded 12.661 million at the end of June 2013, up from 10.712 million at the end of June 2012, thanks to net additions of 454,184 in the second quarter. Mobile market leader Orange Senegal closed out the period under review with a total of 7.363 million connections, down from 7.404 million three months earlier, a market share of 58.15%. Second-placed Tigo Senegal reported a total of 2.681 million subscribers, compared to 2.663 million three months earlier – or 21.18% of the overall market – while third player Sudatel Telecom (Expresso) increased its user base sharply to 2.618 million from 2.139 million at end-March, for a 20.67% share. ARTP said that cellular penetration stood at 93.60% at mid-2013, up from 90.25% three months earlier.