Senegal’s national telephony, SONATEL has nested a turnover of 738 billion in 2013 including 431 billion (about US$1.5 bn and US$ 894m respectively), an increase of 11.3 percent compared to the previous financial year, sources said.
A report from the general executive management, copied to APA on Tuesday, said more than CFA francs 342 billion were paid as taxes, charges, royalties’ social contributions, duties and dividends in 2013.
Alioune Ndiaye, General Manager of the telephone company said, in addition over CFA francs 178 billion were generated in 2013 in terms of contribution to the level of the balance of payments by foreign telecommunications operators.
This resulted in net service exports amounting more than CFA francs 99 billion, Mr. Ndiaye added.
Sonatel contributes significantly to job creation in all the four countries including Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau where it operates.
This is how, more than 100,000 jobs, including 3,000 direct ones have been created in the sub-region, the company that claims to have a portfolio of 22,419,376 customers at the end of 2013, in the host countries, the report said.
Sonatel covers the entire Senegalese territory with more than 2,200 km of optical fiber and wireless technologies for rural areas such as CDMA, the report underlines.
More than 90 percent of Senegal’s population benefit from mobile telecoms coverage and more than 95 percent of villages with more than 500 people are provided the services through the establishment of more than 200 workstations switched networks powered with solar energy.
More than 95 percent of fixed lines in Senegal are eligible for high-speed Internet with ADSL service for which 40 percent of the number of fixed lines customers have subscribed to.
( Courtesy APA & AGENCIES …….. Source ……… Our Freelance Contributor in Dakar)