French telecoms operator Orange has secured Burkina Faso’s first 4G licence and has had its 2G and 3G permits renewed as the West African country looks to catch up with continental counterparts on service rollout.
Ben Cheick Haidara, managing director of Orange Burkina, said the operator agreed to pay a total sum of CFA80-billion (US$138-million) – CFA40-billion for the 4G licence, and a further CAF40-billion for the 2G/3G licence. The permits are valid for 15 years.
However, there is no confirmed date as to when the operator will roll 4G out, Haidara believes the market will benefit extensively and declare, “4G plus… these are speeds that can reach up to 150 megabits / second or about 10 times more than the 3G. This will fundamentally change to meet the needs of users.”
The President of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP), Tontama Charles Millogo, said Orange Burkina acquired a neutral license based on a decision by the Council of Ministers held in Ouagadougou on 5 December 2018.
Millogo further declare, “This license will allow telecom companies to anticipate technological developments and guarantee the people’s access to the latest technologies.”