WORK IN PROCESS
There are three mobile operators in Burkina Faso:
- Telmob, by ONATEL
- Orange, by France Télécom
- Telecel Faso, 3G being rolled out
About 1 out of 3 inhabitants has a mobile phone, and Telmob and Orange are fighting to be the largest operator in the country with each about 40% market share, both having 2G and 3G available. Telmob on top also has a CDMA Network for "fixed lines", for which no pre-paid scheme exists. Telecel is with 20 % market share the smaller provider and being only on 2G, but started to roll out 3G in Ouagadougou.
When buying a SIM card bring a valid ID.
On 28th of November 2016, the telecom regulators of Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali and Senegal signed an agreement to abolish roaming charges between the 5 countries, that has to be in place by March 31st 2017. This agreement only is about voice calls and does not include data, hence it still is advisable to buy a local pre-paid SIM in these countries.
Telmob EditTelmob is the mobile telephony branch of state-owned ONATEL.
SIM cards are available in Telmob and in ONATEL shops for 500 CFA. Recharge cards are called Nanan
Data feature packagesEdit
Forfaits Connect Forfaits Connect are packages for Facebook and WhatsApp permitting the user 1 day access to the social media with a FUP of 100 MB per day, after that the speed will be throttled to 128 kbps.
Libertis Libertis packages are combination of calls, 200 texts and data and are valid for 30 days.
- 146*11# 500 MB
- 146*55# 1GB
- 146*1010# 1GB
Orange, formerly Airtel Burkina, is broadcasting 2G on 900 MHz and 3G on 2100 MHz bands with good coverage in the country. The company has recently been acquired by France Télécom from Bharti Airtel, and been rebranded to Orange.
SIM Sons'yam is the name of the pre-paid offer and costs 250 CFA and includes 300 CFA credit. As initial bonus, you get 300% extra credit on first recharge valid for 30 days as well as 10 MB of Data. The SIN cards are available from their shops and from their resellers. Recharge vouchers (SapSap) exist in the denominations of 200, 500, 1.000, 2.000, 5.000 and 10.000 CFA, are valid for 90 days and are also sold in gas stations, telecom shops and supermarkets. To recharge you use *130#CODE#. Via *160# you can check the remaining balance.
The base rate is 50 CFA per MB. Airtel offers data packages for that can be activated with *103*PRICE# in which the PRICE is the cost.
|5 MB||100 CFA||1 Day|
|20 MB||225 CFA||2 Days|
|100 MB||525 CFA||2 Days|
|500 MB||1025 CFA||2 Days|
|5 MB||200 CFA||7 Days|
|10 MB||250 CFA||7 Days|
|30 MB||500 CFA||7 Days|
|65 MB||1000 CFA||15 Days|
|100 MB||1500 CFA||30 Days|
|150 MB||2000 CFA||30 Days|
|400 MB||2025 CFA||30 Days|
|1 GB||5000 CFA||30 Days|
|2 GB||7000 CFA||30 Days|
|5 GB||10000 CFA||30 Days|
|10 GB||19000 CFA||60 Days|
|20 GB||30000 CFA||90 Days|
|30 GB||54000 CFA||6 Months|
|60 GB||100000 CFA||1 Year|
Additionally Airtel has data packages available for use between midnight and 5 AM and are valid for that night only. These can be activated with USSD code *506*PRICE# in which the PRICE is the cost of the package
|500 MB||500 CFA|
|1 GB||1000 CFA|
Data while roaming in neighboring countries costs 281 CFA per MB
- APN: internet
- Website in French: orange.bf
Telecel Faso is member of the Telecel group active many West-African countries. They broadcast on 900 Mhz band with GPRS and EDGE, and only in March 2015 they have started investing in 3G in Burkina Faso. Currently the capital is covered with 3G on 2100 MHz band with according to OpenSignal survey the fastest speed of 3.5 mbps.
To consult the remaining balance type *110#
Data Packages are available for 1 day, 1 week and 1 month (31 days) by texting navitel to matching number.
- 1 Day for 300 CFA, text to 160
- 1 Week for 2000 CFA, text to 161
- 1 Month for 7000 CFA, text to 162
- APN: wap.telecelfaso.bf
- Username: wap
- Password: miep
- Proxy: 172.18.3.65
- Port: 8080 or 9201
- Website in French: telecelfaso.bf