Senegal’s Internet Shutdown Threatens Business Losses

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June 7, 2023

Senegal has experienced an internet blackout since 1 June due to widespread protests following the sentencing of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko.

Access to social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, and others has been restricted, and a mobile internet shutdown has been implemented at specific time slots, although the exact timing remains unclear. The country is home to 10.2m internet users, representing approximately 58% of the population.

In addition to hindering opposition protests, the internet shutdown poses a threat to the profitability of many businesses in Senegal. With Internet penetration rates increasing from 10% in 2011 to 58% in 2021, numerous small enterprises in the informal sector depend heavily on Internet connectivity for their day-to-day operations.

Via African Business