The mobile operator Expresso, a Senegalese subsidiary of the Sudanese telecoms group Sudatel, has decided to postpone the deployment of its 4G network to an undefined date. This decision stems from the current health context and the state of emergency decreed by the government which force the whole population, in particular a large part of its technical teams, to stay at home.
It was on March 31, 2020 that Expresso 4G was initially to be accessible to consumers. Its postponement of launch implies that the technological modernization of the network envisaged by the company will also be delayed. On March 3, before the widespread contamination of the world by the coronavirus, Fatou Sow Kane, the director of the commercial division – Expresso company, explained that the company planned to improve its 2G network so that it covers 90% of the population this year. For 3G, it was planned to increase the network coverage rate from 45% to 70%.
It is to the Chinese technology company Huawei that Expresso entrusted this work of modernizing its network and improving its coverage. The company which announces that it will resume with this project ” when the situation returns to normal ” has fallen seriously behind its competitors. Sonatel has been offering 4G to the public for over a year already, while Free has been doing so for almost six months.