Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s ministry of posts and information communication has selected Israeli WiMAX kit maker, Alvarion, to build out the country’s first 802.16e WiMAX deployment.

Alvarion initially deployed a network in the capital city of Ouagadougou to connect administrative offices with data and voice services over WiMAX. Based on the results, the ministry has decided to award an expansion turnkey contract to Alvarion.

As part of the modernisation process in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, the ministry plans to connect additional cities with broadband internet starting in Bobo-Dioulasso, and to be followed later in Fada N’Gourma, Kaya, Koudougou, Ouahigouya and Ziniare.

As part of this initiative, Alvarion will deploy its BreezeMAX base stations and customer premises equipment for the 2.5 GHz frequency band in the major cities of Burkina Faso. In addition, Alvarion is providing full project implementation including project management, network planning, full installation, radio planning, training services and ongoing technical support.

“Our goal is to improve public services across the country and enable efficient and reliable public administration processes,” said Noel Kabore, the country’s minister of posts and ICT. “WiMAX is the best technology commercially available today to overcome lack of infrastructure and enable quick and easy access to all public offices.”