Econet Leo enters 4G arena in Burundi

7 Mar 2017

Econet Leo, the Burundian mobile venture owned by Econet Wireless International (EWI), has reportedly launched a 4G network in the capital Bujumbura, joining rival Viettel Burundi (Lumitel) which has been offering ultra-high speed mobile in the country since February 2016. Agence Ecofin reports that Econet Leo subscribers have been ‘experimenting’ with 4G since the beginning of this month with managing director Nepias Njaravaza confirming that customers will need a new SIM card and compatible device to try out the service. Although it currently only offers signal coverage in the capital, it plans to extend coverage to other provinces in due course. Lumitel meanwhile, 85%-owned by Vietnamese firm Viettel Global, launched LTE simultaneously in six provinces of the country and is estimated to have more than 1.79 million subscribers – albeit less than 20,000 are thought to be actively using the 4G network.

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