Burkina Faso-based Onatel, a subsidiary of Maroc Telecom, confirmed the launch of its new ‘4G+ Advanced’ service on 26 March – just hours after obtaining an operating licence from the country’s regulatory authorities. While the precise platform the network uses has not been disclosed, TeleGeography believes that Onatel is utilising LTE-A technology.
Onatel’s 15-year concession is technology-neutral and was priced at XOF80 billion (USD137.3 million). According to a statement issued by Onatel’s management team, the service is available in 35 locations from launch, including capital Ouagadougou. 4G will be extended to additional regions later in 2019, the telco added.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, domestic rival Orange Burkina Faso paid XOF40 billion for a 15-year 4G concession in January this year and committed to pay a further XOF40 billion to renew its existing 2G/3G licences.