The government of Burkina Faso has announced plans to introduce technology neutral licences, in an effort to boost broadband connectivity. According to local news site Burkina 24, the Council of Ministers met in Ouagadougou on 7 February, and set out a plan – on behalf of the Ministry of Digital Economy Development and Posts (MDENP) – to simplify the licensing process. The authorities seek to give operators ‘greater flexibility in implementing their networks and services, including 4G’. The move will also serve to promote competition in the sector. Going forward, the MDENP will engage in discussions with mobile trio Onatel, Orange and Telecel and ensure that the licensing transition is transparent.
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