Fibre-optic link launched between Niger, Burkina Faso

2 Nov 2012

A fibre-optic connection between Burkina Faso and Niger has been launched, with the aim of meeting the growing demand for high speed telecoms services in the two West African countries. Agence Ecofin reports that the project was led by the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) in cooperation with Sonitel (Societe Nigerienne des Telecommunications), Niger’s incumbent fixed line operator, and its Burkinabe counterpart Office Nationale des Telecommunications (Onatel), and could lead to a fall in the cost of internet and telephony services in the two landlocked nations.