Mobile Operator Tigo rolls out 4G in Senegal
7 December 2018
The mobile operator Tigo has officially rolled out 4G in Senegal. The agreement was signed on December 4 in Dakar between Mass Thiam, CEO of Tigo and Abdou Karim Sall, General Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and positions (ARTP).
In order to exploit the 4G, Tigo had to pay 4.6 million USD (27 billion CFA francs). For the moment, the management of the operator has not yet announced the amount of the price of the renewal of its concession expired since 2017, nor its duration. The concession granted to Sonatel runs for seventeen years.
The new owners announced last May an ambitious investment for the acquisition of Tigo Senegal for approximately 12.1 million USD (70 billion CFA francs) to “strengthen the quality and extent of network coverage, as well as services that they are associated (data, non-binding packages, mobile banking …) throughout the Senegalese territory. Today, a first step in this plan is made with the acquisition of 4G.
Another project that the operator is working on is expanding its fiber optic network. It has just entrusted the French Sagemcom deployment across the Senegalese territory of its optical fiber network, already consisting of 1300 kilometers. The objective is to position itself in the transmission of broadband data and the digital transformation of companies in the country. To conclude, Tigo Senegal aims to conquer the leading position of the sector held by Sonatel.