DragonWave brings broadband to Burkina Faso


DragonWave Inc, a Canadian supplier of packet microwave radio systems announced that Connecteo is deploying the Horizon Compact to deliver high capacity broadband services to its enterprise customers in Burkina Faso.

Connecteo uses Horizon Compact to bypass traditional leased line infrastructure and provide cost efficient and scalable broadband IP services. Based in Dakar, Senegal, Connecteo has also established subsidiaries in Cameroon, Guinea, Bénin and Niger. The company is managed by Monaco Telecom, an affiliate in the international business unit of UK-based Cable & Wireless Group.

“The Horizon Compact is a proven, highly scalable and software-upgradeable solution that enables us to quickly and cost-effectively introduce high-speed business broadband services,” said Felix Weyerstahl, Managing Director of Connecteo. “Our goal is to become the leader in provision of converged IP telecommunications services in West and Central Africa.”

Initial deployments in Burkina Faso provide up to 50 Mbps broadband access to Connecteos’ enterprise customers with the option to scale to 400 Mbps over time. The Horizon Compact is perfectly suited to such access network applications. Physically it requires very little space and has low power consumption, characteristics that make it ideal for deployment in the enterprise. Also, because it is powered through the same Cat5 cable that delivers the broadband service it presents little disruption to in-building cable management and power systems. The Horizon Compact is mounted outdoors and has a proven track record for reliability and performance in some of the most challenging environments.