The telecoms regulator of Senegal, Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP), has published its market development report for the three months ended 30 June 2015, stating that the total number of active mobile users in the country exceeded 14.819 million at that date, up 0.82% (119,817) quarter-on-quarter, and 462,998 higher than the 14.356 million at end-June 2014.
Of the total, 14.718 million are pre-paid users, with just 100,466 on contract service plans – broadly unchanged q-o-q.
Mobile penetration reached 109.7% at end-June, down slightly from 111.5% a year before, said the regulator.
The report states that Orange Senegal continues to hold a dominant position in the mobile sector, with a penetration of 56.8% at the end of June, although it lost some ground in the three months under review, with its share declining 0.05% despite increasing its base by a net 61,312 users to nearly 8.418 million.
Orange’s loss was Millicom International Cellular-owned Tigo’s gain: the Luxembourg-based cellco’s local unit boosted its base to 3.469 million at the end of the second quarter, increasing its market share by 0.07 of a percentage point to 23.41% in the process.
Meanwhile, Expresso Telecom closed out the second quarter with 2.932 million subscribers, a net gain of just 20,484, and saw its market penetration slip marginally from 19.81% to 19.79% in the process.