Senegal was home to a total of 6.283 million mobile users by 30 June 2009, a cellular penetration of 51.63%, according to data published by the national regulator the Agence de Regulation des Telecoms et Postes (ARTP). However, net growth slowed in the second quarter of the year to 5.01% year-on-year – the lowest seen in a year – and below the quarterly growth of 11.03% in Q109 and 7.57% in Q408. As at 30 June 2009 Orange Senegal had a total of 4.04 million customers, ahead of MIC’s local subsidiary Tigo (Sentel) with 2.11 million and Sudatel affiliate Expresso with 133,194. Of total mobile base, 6.24 million were on pre-paid plans (99.33%) and 42,313 (0.67%) were on monthly contracts.
In the fixed telephony segment, the country had 241,214 main lines in service as at 30 June 2009, up 890 on the previous quarter but below the 255,044 figure recorded at 30 June 2008. Of the total, 169,300 lines are residential, 71,914 business and 5,041 payphones.