Dakar - Post Report Question and Answers

Is high-speed home Internet access available? How long does it typically take to install it after arrival?

When I returned to Washington, I really missed my internet in Dakar. It is affordable and reliable, and you can just purchase scratch cards to top it up every week or month. No contracts are necessary. Installation service was quicker and more convenient than in the United States, too. - Jul 2020

Most people use ARC telecom, which was ADSL or fiber. We’ve had no trouble calling or streaming. - Dec 2019

Fiberoptics is popping up slowly. There are several other providers with Orange being the most common one. It's ok. I have data on my phone at all times, and end up using it often as hotspot for our home computer. Regular internet will take you about 2-3 weeks to set up. - Dec 2018

Internet here is touch and go. The embassy will help you set up service, but expect to be without service for a couple of weeks when you first arrive. - Dec 2018

Yes. Some of my colleagues complain about the speed, but I have no problems and find it very cheap. - Jun 2017

I wouldn't call it 'high-speed' but it is available. US$60/month. - Apr 2016

I'd say medium speed. US $50 a month. This is Africa. Of course your internet isn't going to be as reliable as the U.S. - Aug 2015

The internet is fairly reliable, but it does go out from time to time. We paid for a 2Mbps service, which ran about US$100 a month. With this, we were able to stream TV and movies as well as easily use Skype, Facetime and Vonage. - Aug 2014

Yes, quality and speed varies, sometimes it disappears for a few hours randomly. Pretty reasonable in cost. - Apr 2014

It is available, however it is slow and expensive. 1MB service will cost about $70/mo, and the actual speed will be about 80-100KB. 2MB service will cost over $100/mo, and again the actual speeds will only be a fraction of what is advertised. - Jun 2013

Yes, but the speed can vary. I pay about $70 a month, although I know there are more expensive, faster options out there. - Mar 2013

Internet is $70/month for the basic package (1mb/sec) and twice that for the "high speed" package (up to 10mb/sec). I had the basic package for 3 years and I don't think it ever went over half the speed of what it was supposed to be. - Oct 2012

Internet service is available, but not very high-speed and easily disrupted by power outages and spikes. We pay US$80 per month - Mar 2012

Yes it is available, but service is spotty. Service dies inexplicably and it takes forever to find somebody in the service provider who can identify the problem and fix it. - Aug 2011

Yes, $60/month, quality is ok, but it goes in and out and sometimes is out for days without explanation. - Jan 2011

You never get the bandwith you pay for - know this going in. It's about double what we pay in the states. - Feb 2010

Yes - I think it's $40 to $60/month. - Feb 2010

Available. $20 and above/month depending on bandwith. - Jan 2010

Yes, about $50/month, and it works. Can have VOIP. - May 2009

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