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Burkina Faso to construct 2001-km fiber optic

Burkina Faso will soon launch a $91 million project to build a 2001 km fiber optic network by Singapore-based Huawei International, the West African country’s ministry in charge of Digital Economy said Tuesday.This initiative, which is part of the national backbone project, aims to increase the country’s telecommunication capacity, including internet connection.

In July 2013, the Burkinabe authorities sealed with the Singapore-based company Huawei International Ltd, a contract for the construction a fiber optic backbone of 5443 km.

Three years after the conclusion of the contract that the government decided to carry out the first phase of 2001 km of fiber optics project.

The overall cost of the project is estimated at 241.5 million dollar.

The National Backbone Project is a government initiative that, in its national e-strategy, aims to provide ICT sector stakeholders in Burkina Faso with a universal shared infrastructure for voice, data and video accessible across the national territory.

Huawei Technologies is a company founded in 1988 and specialized in providing telecommunication networks to operators and computer networks of companies.

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