In a market dominated by Orange, Senegal’s regulator has now introduced more competition on its market. The virtual mobile network operator, Serius Telecoms Africa, owned by businessman Mbackiyou Fayewas officially launched at the start of 2019. The telecom company obtained its operating license in June 2017, after having applied for a public call for applications launched on April 12 by 2017, by the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts.
With nine companies that submitted its application for its license, only 3 of them were approved. Serius Telecoms invested over $500,000 and is one of the three companies selected to use the Tigo network. The Senegalese market has wanted to diversify its telecom offers and has since encouraged competition for better service and competitive prices.
Sirius Telecom’s CEO said “The Internet today, in a way, is a must for everyone. So, the more everyone uses it, I think that extending the base and reducing the charges can really reduce the real cost for both calls and data.”