Alvarion to Provide Wi-Fi to Telecel in Burkina Faso
Alvarion has announced that its Wavion subsidiary is supplying base stations for a Wi-Fi service in Burkina Faso on behalf of the local mobile network operator, Telecel.
The network covers Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, using Wavion base stations for coverage in major metro areas. Additional services are planned in the near future and include location based applications, and cellular data offloading with automatic SIM authentication.
Network expansions for early 2012 are currently in the planning stages for additional cities in Burkina Faso, including Bobo-Dioulasso and Koudougou, allowing the service to reach a population of over 2 million people in approximately 400 square kilometers of the three main cities in Burkina Faso.
"We are very pleased with our choice. Though the network covers challenging outdoor areas with heavy interference, it provides high quality and very stable service." said Dimitri Ouédraogo, the CEO of Telecel.