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The demand for broadband connectivity is accelerating in Africa. Telecommunications operators are strengthening their broadband infrastructures to better respond to this. The telecommunications operator Sonatel, the Senegalese subsidiary of the French group Orange, announced on Tuesday July 19 that it had won the market for the connection station in Senegal to a 5 th submarine fiber optic cable. This...

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Orange Group and its Senegalese subsidiary Sonatel have opened the Orange 5G Lab Dakar, the group’s first such facility on the African continent for the testing and development of fifth-generation products and services. Benefitting from the experience and opportunities created by the existing network of 13 Orange 5G Labs in Europe, the new site housed...

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Free Senegal has announced the deployment of a 5G pilot network in Dakar. Speaking at an event held last Thursday to demonstrate the potential of fifth generation services to drive digital transformation, Free Senegal CEO Mamadou Mbengue revealed five sites have been activated in the capital and another 20 will be rolled out in other regions of...

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Senegalese MNO Hayo Telecom has partnered Telesmart.io, an expert in global number and messaging services, to deploy its fully API-enabled number and messaging platform. The platform automates the full supply chain for the MNO, including sign-up, interconnect, on-line provisioning, functionality, visibility and reporting. According to information supplied to the media, the partnership is Telesmart.io’s first...

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Senegalese regional mobile network operator (MNO) Hayo Telecom has chosen Telesmart.io to supply a fully API-enabled number and messaging platform. The platform automates the supply chain for the operator, including sign-up, interconnect, online provisioning, functionality, visibility and reporting, enabling Hayo to serve its customers with increased efficiency and capabilities. As a Telesmart.io partner, Hayo Telecom receives...

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Avanti Communications, which provides satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Free Senegal have signed a five-year partnership agreement under which Free will build and host a new satellite gateway in the country for Avanti’s HYLAS 4 Ka-band satellite. The gateway will extend HYLAS 4’s coverage to Senegal and the neighbouring West African countries...

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Senegal’s Regulation Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has established a steering committee to coordinate efforts to increase mobile network coverage and enhance quality of service (QoS). The body aims to strike a balance between network operators, ISPs, MVNOs and consumer associations, enabling them to work together on...

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Following an appeal, Senegal’s Regulation Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has reduced the fines imposed on the country’s three mobile network operators – Sonatel (Orange Senegal), Free (Saga Africa Holdings) and Expresso Senegal – last December for quality of service (QoS) failings. In order to ensure increased...

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Agence Ecofin reports Senegal’s president Macky Sall has instructed the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications to optimise telecoms network coverage by strengthening the universal service fund. Stressing further public and private investment is required to further the country’s inclusive digital development, President Sall told a Council of Ministers meeting last week that there is...