TeleGeography Logo

Sonatel points to regional dominance as FY2012 profit climbs

13 Feb 2013

Senegalese telecoms service provider Sonatel has reported an 11% rise in net income for the year ended 31 December 2012 to XOF171 billion (USD349 million), from XOF154 billion in FY2011, on revenue that climbed 4.3% to XOF663 billion. The operator said that it was able to use its dominant position in the market to fight off stiff competition from a number of alternative operators. Profits were further bolstered by the ending of a surtax on international voice calls in the country – its primary market – which helped fuel EBITDA, which rose 3.7% to XOF347 billion last year. EBITDA margin was 52%, down one percentage point on FY2011, but in line with its target of >50% for fiscal 2012.

The carrier, which is 42.3% owned by France Telecom-Orange (FT-Orange), is present in Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau and reported solid growth in each country – as well as in Senegal. By the end of 2012, Sonatel claimed its operation in Mali had a 64% share of the market (up 4% year-on-year), while it had a 63% share in Senegal (+2%), 34% of the Guinea market (up 4%) and 39% in Guinea-Bissau (up 2%). For 2013, Sonatel plans to focus its efforts on controlling operational costs, while looking to expand into other emerging markets in the region.

Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Sonatel (Orange)

GlobalComms Database

Want more? Peruse the GlobalComms Database—the most complete source of intel about mobile, fixed broadband, and fixed voice markets.


TeleGeography is the definitive source for telecom news, numbers, and analysis. Explore the full research catalog.