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Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso’s International Bandwidth Reaches 37.9 Gbps, December 2018

Burkina Faso’s international Internet bandwidth reached 37.89 Gbps in December 2018, according to latest statistics released by ARCEP (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes), a 70% increase compared to 22.35 Gbps in December 2017. Most of this growth is accounted for by Orange Burkina Faso opening a new cross-border fibre route with Ghana during 2017. This total bandwidth of 37.89 Gbps was split between fixed-line incumbent Onatel with 20.0 Gbps, Orange Burkina Faso with 16.01 Gbps and Telecel Faso with 1.88 Gbps. Onatel’s international bandwidth was previously 13.1 Gbps in December 2017, 10.6 Gbps in December 2016, 5.6 Gbps in 2015, 4.2 Gbps in 2014 and 1.866 Gbps in 2013 (see also Burkina Faso: Onatel’s International Bandwidth Reaches 10.6 Gbps, December 2016). Onatel has diverse international fibre routes to neighbouring countries of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mauritania via Mali, and Togo. Meanwhile, Orange Burkina Faso’s international bandwidth of 16.01 Gbps has almost quadrupled during the year from 4.19 Gbps in December 2017, and 2.276 Gbps in December 2016. Orange Burkina Faso notably completed a 197-km fibre optic link from Ouagadougou (the capital) to Ghana in May 2017, and was also deploying a 580-km fibre link from Ouagadougou to Côte d'Ivoire (see Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso: Orange Burkina Faso Launches Fibre Link To Ghana And Metropolitan Fibre Network In Ouagadougou).

Source: ARCEP

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