Group Vivendi Africa (GVA) officially rolled out its broadband connectivity operations in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.
The technology proposed by the company for its CanalBox offers – FTTH (Fiber to the Home)- offers optical fiber directly to the customer, whether an individual or a business.
Hadja Fatimata Ouattara, the Minister of Digital Economy of the West African country, said, “The proposed price will impact the e-communication market because, although it’s a regulated market, the price details are dictated by competition. We, therefore, welcome the arrival of a new player in this sector and, of course, what we expect is a better quality of service and to ensure that the Internet is democratized.”
Marco De Assis, President of Group Vivendi Africa, said: ‘Our teams are setting up in Ouagadougou the best internet network for the public, as we are convinced broadband access for all is a key factor in economic and social development. GVA’s mission is to make internet access affordable for all homes.’
For residential customers, the price of the subscription is XOF 30,000 (USD45.7)/month for a fibre-based connection of 50 Mbps with no data limits. A one-off charge of XOF 30,000 applies for the equipment, and the installation is currently included at no extra cost. A 'Pro' version of the service is also on offer for business customers.
The service is currently available in several areas of Ouagadougou, namely the ZACA Zone, Koulouba, Paspanga, Nimnin, Cite en III, Saint Leon, Kamsonghin, Samandin, Bilbalogho, 1200 logements, Dagnoen, Kalgondin, and Wemtenga, while deployment continues in several other areas of the city, including Wayalguin, Zone du Bois, Zogona, Dassasgho, Gounghin, Pissy, Petit Paris, and Karpala.
Group Vivendi Africa’s entry into Burkina Faso’s ultra-broadband segment fits with the company’s African expansion strategy that started in 2017. The country is the sixth African market to welcome GVA, after Gabon, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, and Rwanda.