The government of Burundi has awarded a GSM mobile licence to Uganda-based, but Saudi owned, HiTs Telecom, reports AllAfrica.com citing local paper Burundi Realities. The company becomes the sixth venture licensed to offer mobile services in a country whose population totals less than seven million. The newcomer will join the existing cellcos Telecel Burundi, Africa Cellulaire (Africell), Econet Wireless (formerly Spacetel), Onatel and privately owned Lacell – the last named of which is yet to launch, having only been awarded its licence on 8 April 2007.
House of Integrated Technical Systems (HiTs) Telecom was established in Uganda in 2007. In Uganda it operates as a branch of the House of Integrated Technical Systems Limited which is registered in Al Ulayya, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. It was broadly welcomed in Uganda as it promised to shake up the market there. It is still unknown how much money HiTs intend to devote to the Burundian market, the paper said.