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Burkina Faso: First Phase of National Fibre Optic Backbone Project Completed

On 26 October 2021, the government of Burkina Faso officially inaugurated the first phase of the National Fibre Optic Backbone Project (Projet Backbone National des Télécommunications (PBNT) at a ceremony held in Koudougou. When fully completed, the PBNT project will see the deployment of 5,443-km of fibre optic network routes that will connect Ouagadougou (the capital) with 145 municipalities, including 45 provincial capitals, with new routes to neighbouring countries. In July 2013 the Council of Ministers of Burkina Faso authorized the signing of a contract with Huawei for the construction of a 5,443-km national fibre backbone. Three years after the conclusion of this contract the Council decided to implement the first phase of the backbone, a length of 2,001-km, and construction officially started in December 2017 (see Burkina Faso: 307-Km Fibre Link To Ghana Completed, First Phase of National Fibre Optic Backbone Project Started). Now completed, the first phase of the PBNT reaches 66 municipalities, including 12 regional capitals, 26 provincial capitals and 40 rural municipalities. The new network also reaches the border of four neighboring countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Niger.

Source: Ministère de l’Économie Numérique, des Postes et de la Transformation Digitale (MDENP), Government of Burkina Faso, LeFaso.net

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