Announced four months ago, Sahel Telecom officially started its activities on Thursday September 30 in Nouakchott. The company has the ambition to democratize access to broadband in the country. An objective which promises to be difficult in view of the forces involved.
A new internet service provider started operations in Mauritania last week. This is Sahel Telecom, which claims to be the first “ unlimited radio broadband Internet access provider ”. The Mauritanian-owned company actually provides its customers with home connectivity through Wi-Fi technology. The service already available in the capital Nouakchott will be rolled out to other cities in the country in the coming months.
According to the company, obtaining its license and launching its operations are in line with the digital transformation program launched by the President of the Republic, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazouani, which provides better access for the populations to telecom services. a necessity. It is in accordance with this program that the interministerial committee responsible for monitoring the reform of the information and communication technologies sector was created in 2020.
Sahel Telecom launches its activities in Mauritania in a context of low penetration rate and poor quality of service. In their Digital Report 2021, Hootsuite and We Are Social estimate the Internet penetration rate at 33.1%. In its survey report on the quality of data service (carried out from August 7 to September 13, 2021 with mobile operators Mattel, Mauritel and Chinguitel), the Mauritania Regulatory Authority deplores for its shortcomings in relation to some of the commitments prescribed in the specifications.
For Mauritanians, the expected spinoffs from the entry of a new Internet service provider into the market are lower prices and improved quality of service brought about by increased competition.