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Telecommunication in Senegal

Compared to the European Union, Senegal is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +221, there were a total of 18.09 m connections in 2019. Among them were 17.88 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Senegal is back. Around 46% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 237 webhosts, Senegal is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 34.94 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Senegal ranked 103rd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 11.54 Mbit/second was significantly lower (135th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Senegal comes 99th with a download speed of 23.02 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 8 Mbit was enough for 126th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Senegal from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Senegal 2002 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Senegal
Total
Senegal
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users7.50 m46.00 %382.04 m85.43 %
Broadband users152,047.000.93 %158.30 m35.40 %
Landlines207,592.001.27 %165.48 m37.00 %
Mobile cellulars17.88 m109.72 %542.60 m121.33 %