Robert Aouad, general manager at Beninese internet provider Isocel, has given additional details of his company’s upcoming fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in an interview with Agence Ecofin. Mr Aouad confirmed that all user connections will have symmetrical download/upload speeds, ranging up to 100Mbps. Prices will start at XOF25,000 (USD43.40) for a FTTP package aimed at residential customers (which the ISP previously indicated would have 10Mbps speed), whilst packages costing XOF35,000, XOF50,000 (giving 20Mbps and 30Mbps speeds) and XOF80,000 will target SMEs, with the top-speed 100Mbps packages aimed at larger companies. Special rates will be offered for schools and universities, and for ‘start-ups and innovative projects’.
The FTTP rollout has reached 20% of its planned initial coverage in Benin’s largest city Cotonou, which will complete its first phase in 2020, Aouad said, adding that Isocel has ambitions to ‘expand gradually to other cities in Central and Northern Benin’. The network will begin with a capacity of around 25,000 users, expandable based on the level of demand.