Orange Secures Burkina Faso’s First 4G Licence

The French telecoms operator Orange has bagged Burkina Faso's first 4G permit and has also had its 2G and 3G licences renewed as the West African country moves towards catching up with continental counterparts on service rollout.

Ben Cheick Haidara, the Managing Director of Orange Burkina Faso, said that the operator agreed to pay a total of CFA80-billion ($138-million) – CFA40-billion ($69-million) for the 4G licence, and a further CAF40-billion ($69-million) for the 2G/3G licence.
The permits are valid for the next 15 years.

Cheick said that the payment would be made in three stages –the 50% down payment, the second 30% and a final payment of 20%. Orange, to access this new license has already paid its first $69-million to the government.

While the official 4G rollout date has not yet been confirmed, Haidara believes that the market will benefit immensely and that 4G will fundamentally meet the needs of users.

Tontama Charles Millogo, the President of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP), said that Orange Burkina Faso acquired a neutral license based on a decision made by the Council of Ministers that met in Ouagadougou on 5 December 2018.

Millogo said that this license would allow telecom firms to anticipate technological developments and would also guarantee the people's access to the latest technologies.
He acknowledged that the country was in the process of catching up with other African counterparts in terms of 4G.
Millogo added that Burkina Faso is one of the few countries that did not have access to this technology and now the service providers looked forward to using it very soon and offering high-billing services to the citizens.

Hadja Fatoumata Sanon, Burkina Faso's Minister in charge of the Development of the Digital Economy, said that 4G would boost digitalisation in the country.

She said that several strategic areas would take full advantage of it and that it would boost the e-education system so that students would have easier access to educational resources.

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