If you have not yet been to Senegal, but are considering a trip there, this post will give you all of the information that you need about the Internet coverage in Senegal as well as the country’s culture and history. In addition to this information, we also cover ways that travelers can get online while traveling through Senegal so they can keep up with their social networks and stay up-to-date on news from home.
Senegal is a country located in West Africa. It borders Guinea Bissau to the southwest, Guinea to South East, Mali to the east, and Mauritania to the north. Its capital city, Dakar, is one of Africa’s oldest cities.
Senegal covers an area of 196,722 sq. km and is home to 15.8 million people (2018). The country’s main language is French but many locals also speak a local language called Wolof.
Senegal is a developing country and has a very high Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI ranks countries based on three measures: life expectancy, education, and per capita income. On the 2010 index, Senegal moved from No. 126 to No. 115 in the world (compared to No. 50 in 2000).
In terms of education, primary school enrolment is over 99% and literacy among adults is estimated at 76%. Many Senegalese are Muslim (over 90%). Islam is the most widely practiced religion in the country.
Senegal is a presidential republic and its current president is Macky Sall, who was elected in March of 2012. The legislative branch of government consists of a unicameral National Assembly while the judicial branch is made up of the Constitutional Council, Supreme Court, High Court of Justice, and Courts of Appeal.
The economy of Senegal is “low-income,” which means the country is not as rich as the “high-income” countries like the United States. In 2020 its total GDP was estimated at $66.4 billion and had a per capita income of $3,675 (compared to approximately $59,800 for Americans). The country has two mainland regions: a northern desert area and a southern rainforest region.
The internet has rapidly become an important industry in Senegal. There is a substantial and growing market of internet users, various companies are operating to provide the service while several government bodies regulate it.
A large population of the Senegalese people uses the internet for work, learning, or leisure purposes.
In recent years there has been an emphasis on expanding the number of children educated about using computers to be productive members of society. The country’s president is making sure all schools have at least one computer lab for this purpose.
The government of Senegal has also begun to provide internet to rural areas. For example, it is working to install fiber optic cable throughout the country.
Internet in Senegal is ranked number 21 in the world by the World Bank for a percentage of the population using an Internet connection. Approximately 18.2% of the population uses the internet (as of 2021). Senegal is ranked number 68 in the world for the percentage of the population with access to the Internet.
Senegal also has a low level of internet use by comparison to other developing countries, with approximately 15,000 internet users (as of 2009). This number is still expected to grow, however, (Growth rate for broadband was expected to increase from 495% in 2007 and 905% in 2008. Also, the number of internet service providers has increased to more than 50 as of 2009.
The average price for an internet connection in Senegal is about West African CFA Franc (XOF)11,114.24 ($20.12). The average price for a broadband connection is XOF24,451.33 ($44.28). These prices are still much lower than most other developing countries.