Senegal's internet penetration passes 50% mark

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Senegal had 6.86 million internet subscribers in December 2014, up 2.7 percent in three months and up 60.5 percent on a year, according to the country's telecom regulator, the ARTP. Internet pentration rose to 50.77 from 49.42 percent. Wireless dongles lost market share to integrated mobile data devices, now used by 93.9 percent of internet users. Orange has a 65.08 percent internet market share, followed by Tigo with 23.79 percent and Expresso with 11.12 percent.

Mobile lines grew by 0.19 percentage points to 14.38 million in a quarter, 99.35 percent on prepaid. Mobile volumes rose to 4.44 billion minutes in the fourth quarter, down 3.2 percent on the third quarter. On-net voice accounted for 93 percent of total mobile traffic in the fourth quarter of last year, with 3.9 percent for off-net calls and 2.4 percent outbound international. SMS traffic declined by 14.3 percent to 407.55 million units in the fourth quarter.

Orange has a 56.31 percent market share by mobile lines, followed by Tigo with 23.49 percent and Expresso with 20.2 percent. Senegal’s mobile penetration rate declined by 0.21 points in a quarter to 106.45 percent at the end of December 2014.

had 311,945 fixed lines at the end of 2014, compared to 317,653 at the end of September 2014, as residential lines and payphones declined by a 9.2 percent annual rate. Fixed penetration declined by 4 basis points to 2.31 percent in a quarter. Orange grew its subscriber base by 1.61 percent and had a 91.1 percent share of the fixed market by lines at the end of 2014, up by 4 percentage points.

had 311,945 fixed lines at the end of 2014, compared to 317,653 at the end of September 2014, as residential lines and payphones declined by a 9.2 percent annual rate. Fixed penetration declined by 4 basis points to 2.31 percent in a quarter. Orange Senegal grew its subscriber base by 1.61 percent. It had a 91.1 percent of the fixed market by lines at the end of 2014, up by 4 points. Expresso lost 0.38 percentage points.

Source: Telecompaper 13 march 2015