Expresso Senegal, the country’s third largest cellco by subscribers, has obtained a 4G LTE licence from the Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP). ‘After several months of negotiations, the ARTP and the operator Expresso Senegal, a subsidiary of Sudatel Group, have reached an agreement for the deployment of the 4G licence in Senegal as soon as possible,’ the regulator announced in a press release. Under the deal, Expresso’s licence will be extended to cover 4G services for the duration of its concession. The announcement follows a meeting between Senegal’s President Macky Sall and Magdi Taha, Chairman and CEO of Sudatel Group.
In February the ARTP criticised Expresso’s lack of network investment and threatened to withdraw the operator’s licence unless it took steps to improve services. Whereas rivals Orange and Free have been offering LTE services since July 2018 and October 2019, respectively, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Expresso to postpone the launch of its own 4G network in March 2020.