Airtel Burkina Faso, the local mobile business of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has applied to the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) for a licence to deploy and operate a 4G network in the country. Fasozine quotes Airtel Burkina Faso’s CEO Herve-Olivier Njapoum as saying that the cellco aims to promote the implementation of new services and solutions to improve the lives of local citizens. Following the launch of mobile money service Airtel Money in 2012 and the introduction of a 3.5G network last year, the company now hopes to offer 4G services to its subscribers. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Airtel announced the commercial launch of HSPA+ services in May 2013, enabling customers to enjoy new services such as videocalling, TV and high speed internet surfing at maximum download speeds of up to 21Mbps. At launch, network coverage was available in the cities of Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Koudougou, Ouahigouya, Banfora and Ziniare.
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