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Google says Senegal ISPs lack any legal status

Monday 10 December 2012 | 13:01 CET | News
Google says the lack of status of ISPs in Senegal is acting as a bar to investment in the country's telecommunications sector, Agence Ecofin reported, quoting Tidjane Deme, the operations manager for Google Africa (Francophone West). At a meeting with ISPs on 27 November, Deme said that local laws do not allow ISPs to deploy their own infrastructure. State telecom laws do not once mention the word 'internet' and ISPs are classed as providers of value added services (VAS). Deme said this means no investment, and in turn, no competition. He pointed to the fact that in 2009, there were nine active ISPs in the country, and today there remain only two. Deme has questioned the government of Senegal on the need for a better internet policy and to redress the situation of Sonatel having a dominant position in the market.

Categories: Internet
Companies: Google / Sonatel
Countries: Senegal
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