Sonatel, the leading telecom company in Senegal, announced it will launch commercial 5G mobile services on June 1. CEO Sékou Dramé made the announcement recently during the commercial launch event of Orange’s ultra-high-speed internet services in Senegal.

With the advent of 5G, Sonatel promises a transformative user experience. CEO Dramé assures customers with compatible devices that they can expect download speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G. This leap in speed is just the beginning. 5G’s real power lies in its ability to enable real-time applications like online gaming, virtual reality, telemedicine, and e-education, revolutionizing the way we live and work in Senegal.

Sonatel’s path to 5G was paved with determination and strategic moves. It all started with the acquisition of the first 5G operating license in Senegal from the Telecom and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARTP) in July 2023, a significant investment of CFA34.5 billion ($57 million). The company wasted no time and began offering 5G services in March 2024, almost simultaneously with its competitor Saga Africa Holding Limited (Free). Initially, Sonatel’s 5G services were limited to fixed services for residential and business customers, setting the stage for its grand mobile 5G launch.

Sonatel’s 5G mobile services launch is expected to democratize the service in Senegal’s mobile-dominated telecom market. It will also enhance competition and kick-start the race in the ultra-high-speed 5G connectivity segment.

“5G goes far beyond a mere technological upgrade; it is a catalyst for economic growth in Senegal,” said Dramé. “By offering ultra-fast connection speeds, low latency, and increased capacity, 5G will stimulate innovation, energize businesses, and improve public services, opening new opportunities for everyone.”

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