Sudatel Enters the Senegalese Market

Telecoms

Sudanese telecommunications company, Sudatel, has won a new comprehensive telecommunications licence to provide mobile services in Senegal and is scheduled to begin operations in January 2008.

The license which is said to be worth US $200 million will see Sudatel become one of Senegal's largest mobile operators. Sudatel won the license against 11 other competitors, including the Kuwaiti-owned Zain and Bintel of Saudia Arabia. Sudatel is set to become Senegal's third mobile operator, and is expected to compete with Senegal's two existing mobile operators, Orange and Tigo.

Besides, the Sudanese company will be allowed to provide fixed line and internet services head-to-head with France Telecom-backed monopoly Sonatel.

Over the years, Senegalese mobile market has recorded sharp increases in the number of subscribers. In March 2007, the number of mobile users in Senegal was estimated at 3.37 million, compared to 1.94 and 1.73 millions in 1996 and 1995, respectively.

Highway Africa News Agency