Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in West Africa, makes up a vast area of more than 274,000 square kilometres, and is home to more than 19 million people—many of whom live in remote regions. The Government of Burkina Faso embarked on an ambitious project to extend their government ICT network and enable countrywide access to key e-application—such as e-government, e-education, and e-health—to bring more opportunity to the Burkinabè population.
As part of a development cooperation programme for Burkina Faso managed by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg through Lux-Development, Luxembourg’s implementing agency, the government of Burkina Faso partnered with SES to extend, improve, and reinforce its established administrative services using a reliable high-performance connectivity solution. The project integrates the country’s existing terrestrial wireless and fibre-optic networks with the O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite system to create an end-to-end hybrid communication network. The hybrid ecosystem includes five O3b MEO terminals, 65 pylons, and 114 point-to-multipoint radio base stations to create a significantly faster, broader, and more reliable communications network.
O3b MEO’s low-latency, high-throughput connectivity has extended and fortified the Burkinabè Administration’s reach, so it can extend its public services to local communities, administration offices, and schools in 43 provinces. By decentralising access to e-government, e-health, and e-education programmes, the hybrid network supports and expedites Burkina Faso’s overall socio-economic development. The O3b MEO constellation initially enables 600Mbps IP connectivity throughout the country, which will scale up as the government’s service needs grow. The future-proof network is also interoperable with cloud, fibre, and wireless systems, making it adaptable to changing technology requirements.
Our partnership is helping the Burkinabè Administration enhance its reach and operational efficiency. The hybrid communications network enables the administration to provide cross-community support to all citizens, and streamline clerical tasks by taking advantage of access to cloud-enabled applications and storage. Burkina Faso’s National Agency for the Promotion of ICT (ANPTIC), which operates the wireless distribution and access networks, is equipped with an intuitive network supervision tool that is fast and easy to use. We provide service support and maintenance for the core MEO satellite network via our Networks Operations Centre (NOC) and local Burkina Faso presence.