Senegal adds 155,000 mobile lines in Q2

Senegal’s mobile subscriptions reached 15.437 million at the end of June, representing an additional 155,321 active SIM cards since end-March, according to the statistics released by national regulator ARTP. The year-on-year movement remained in negative territory, as a result of the cull of unregistered SIMs in the last three months of 2016, part of the country’s anti-terrorism measures. The country’s mobile penetration rate increased to 104.3 percent, from 103.3 percent in the previous quarter.

Orange regained some of the ground lost in the second half of 2016, increasing its overall share of mobile connections for a second quarter to 53.4 percent. The rest of the market remained split between Tigo, declining to 24.0%, and Expresso, which saw its share improve to 22.6%.

The overall number of internet users increased by 372,686 to reach 8.966 million, returning to growth after the drop of 108,185 experienced in the previous quarter. Mobile internet, including 2G and 3G connections, accounted for 98.6 percent of the total, roughly unchanged year-on-year. Meanwhile, the ADSL market grew at an annual rate of 3.4 percent to reach 106,126 subscriptions at end-June.–1217072

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