Burkina Faso’s government deployes WiMAX project


Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Posts and Information Communication Technology (Ministère des Postes et des Technologies de l' Information et de la Communication) has chosen Alvarion for the country’s first 802.16e WiMAX deployment in the 2.5 GHz frequency band in the major cities of Burkina Faso.

Alvarion initially deployed a network in the capital city of Ouagadougou to connect administrative offices with advanced data and voice services over WiMAX. Based on the successful results, the Ministry of Posts and Information Communication Technology decided to award an expansion contract with full turnkey services to Alvarion. As part of the modernization process in Burkina Faso, the Ministry plans to connect additional cities to broadband Internet starting in Bobo-Dioulasso, and to be followed later in Fada N’Gourma, Kaya, Koudougou, Ouahigouya and Ziniaré.

“Our goal is to improve public services across the country and enable efficient and reliable public administration processes,” said Noël Kaboré, The 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. Alvarion’s technology has proven itself in Ouagadougou and we are confident that its WiMAX solution will enable us to implement the government’s strategy in the best possible way. This network will allow us to connect administration offices and governmental institutions throughout Burkina Faso using the broadband capabilities of the technology for data applications, Internet and VoIP.”