Carrier grade Wi-Fi base stations enable connectivity in Ouagadougou

A new high-speed Wi-Fi service is launching in Burkina Faso. Using base stations provided by Wavion – a subsidiary of Alvarion – the service, offered by GSM operator Telecel, will cover the capital city Ouagadougou.

The network uses Wavion base stations for blanket coverage in major metro areas including business districts, city centres, education campuses, hotels, the international airport and key residential areas.

 The Wi-Fi network enables people on-the-go with smartphones, tablets and netbooks to connect to the Internet at speeds of up to 2 Mbps and enjoy applications such as video, image transfer, social networking and internet browsing with scratch cards, prepaid and postpaid billing.

Additional services are planned in the near future and include location based applications, and cellular data offloading with automatic SIM authentication. Network expansions for early 2012 are currently in the planning stages for additional cities in Burkina Faso, including Bobo-Dioulasso and Koudougou, allowing the service to reach a population of over 2 million people in approximately 400 square kilometres of the three main cities in Burkina Faso.

Mr. Dimitri Ouédraogo, the CEO of Telecel, said: “Though the network covers challenging outdoor areas with heavy interference, it provides high quality and very stable service.”

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