Burkina drops 4th licence plan to focus on fibre backbone

Telecoms

The government of Burkina Faso has decided to focus on its fibre backbone deployment, which could take 2 or 3 years, before licensing a fourth mobile operator, digital economy minister Jean Koulidiaty told Sidwaya newspaper. A recent tender only attracted one company, Viettel, whose bid was analysed and processed by regulator Arcep before submitting it to the government. The minister explained that the fibre backbone would be used to transmit digital TV signals and that the transition from analogue would release new spectrum that could make the entry of a fourth mobile operator more viable in a few years time. He added that all operators would see an improvement in quality when they connect their networks to the national backbone.