Report highlights Senegal’s internet obstacles

INTERNET

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Report highlights Senegal’s internet obstacles

Google Africa says a study commissioned into Senegal’s internet environment has highlighted key factors holding back development.

Noting that a decade ago, Senegal was one of the most promising African countries in the area of internet adoption, with more than double the Internet penetration in Nigeria, Google says Nigeria is now ahead with 30% of its population enjoying access to the web versus 16% in Senegal.

To understand the issues, Google commissioned a study through Balancing Act. The findings of that study have been summarised in a report titled "Obstacles and Opportunities for the democratization of broadband in Senegal."

Among the main issues identified are rigid licensing and weak regulation, which have resulted in the incumbent operator holding a de facto monopoly on access to the national fiber infrastructure and the copper lines into households. This lack of competition has kept data prices high and inaccessible to many Senegalese.  

Balancing Act proposes changes including:

  • Internet suppliers must be authorized to build their own infrastructure and compete against incumbents.
  • Government should encourage competition and transparency in international capacity by enforcing existing but until now ignored regional regulation.

Google called on stakeholders to  download the report and share comments, observations, questions and contributions via this form.

 



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INTERNET NEWS

Telecom Namibia launches 120Mbps FTTP high-speed broadband

Telecom Namibia has launched new unlimited high speed broadband service with speeds up to 120Mbps in certain parts of the country. Read More

DRC: 80 million people, few ISPs

With only around 20 ISPs operating in DRC, users report a lack of competition and high prices. Read More

Schoolboy named SA’s Social Media Star of 2014.

Arthur Goldstuck, Nadav Ossendryver and Mike Wronski of Fuseware Schoolboy Nadav Ossendryver, who founded the Kruger Sightings website when he was just 15, has been awarded for building his wildlife sightings service into the most viewed YouTube channel based in South Africa.   Read More

Pamoja, Symantec unite on African cloud ecosystem

Albie Bester Pamoja, a leading cloud services company and aggregator for Symantec’s cloud range of security services, will, together with Symantec, host a partner information session in Nairobi, Kenya to launch their cloud services. Read More

1bn minutes through Nigerian interconnect exchange carriers

World Telecom Labs (WTL) today announced that more than 1 billion minutes have passed through its specialist 2nd generation VoIP switches deployed by five of Nigeria’s interconnect exchange carriers. Read More

SEACOM introduces NAPAfrica Remote Peering service

SEACOM has launched a NAPAfrica Remote Peering service that enables NAPAfrica members connected to at least one NAPAfrica exchange point to easily peer with all NAPAfrica exchange point members, across SEACOM’s South African IP/MPLS backbone. Read More

Scribes seek freedom in cyberspace

Journalists from the Southern African bloc were in Botswana for deliberations on the findings of an earlier survey on “Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace.”  Read More

Demystifying LTE

What is LTE really, how does it benefit the consumer and is there a downside to this technology? DCC explains. Read More

AccessKenya bullish on regional cloud market

AccessKenya Group has announced a new market push for Cloud Services in East Africa. Read More

Botswana wholesale internet pricing reduced

Botswana Fiber Networks (BoFiNet) and Botswana Telecommunications Corporations Limited (BTCL) have reduced the wholesale internet pricing by up to 70% so far.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

MFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmersMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers

Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures. 

IN DEPTH

NIG President speaks his mindNIG President speaks his mind

Bayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications and President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) says the proposed licensing of infrastructure companies by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) will breed corruption and entrench monopolistic practices. Kokumo Goodie reports.

COMPANY NEWS

SAP innovation transforms how Governments conduct business

SAP Africa kicked off its public sector innovation roadshow in Johannesburg, to highlight how the SAP innovation solutions portfolio including, cloud and big data, supports all levels ...