Sonatel gains 5G licence

Sonatel gains 5G licence

Senegal’s telecoms authority revealed it had provisionally given Sonatel (Orange Senegal) a 5G licence, after concluding a call for tender to extend concessions for operators. 

CommsUpdate reported, Sonatel had sent a bid of XOF34.5 billion (US$59.1 million) to L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes (ARTP) to be authorised. Significantly lower fees were submitted by rivals Free and Expresso - XAF3 billion and XAF2 billion respectively - and far below the asking price from ARTP of XAF19.5 billion. 

ARTP Director General Abdou Karim Sall said in a press conference the purpose of the call for tenders was to choose an operator that is capable of deploying reliable 5G infrastructure as soon as possible, to meet growing connectivity demand in Senegal. “Following the examination of the submitted offers, the committee for the evaluation of technical and financial offers proposed to the Selection Committee to retain Sonatel, which was the only candidate to have fulfilled the conditions set by the regulations,” he said. 

Sontatel’s concession agreement and specifications including 5G coverage targets will be penned in days to come. 

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