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BURUNDI Telecommunications 

For information on Burundi Telecommunications contact details, please see the following link: 

4.8 Burundi Additional Service Provision Contact List

Services per Operator

  • LUMITEL BURUNDI
  • ECONET WIRELESS BURUNDI
  • SMART Burundi
  • ONATEL/ONAMOB 

Fix and Mobile Telephone rates in BIF per minute(subject to change)

Radio is Burundi’s main communications medium. There is a refreshing plurality of choice on the airwaves and considerable freedom of expression, but the main stations are state-owned, including Radio diffusion and television nationale du Burundi. In addition, there is Radio ’industrie du Burundi, which has close links with the Ministry of Commerce.

Radio France International is available, as is the BBC World Service, in both English and Kirundi. Burundian television is state-controlled. Foreign news coverage is licensed from French television.

Burundi’s main news agency is the state-owned Association burundaise de presse. Newspaper circulation figures are tiny, and negligible outside Bujumbura. Le Renouveau is the government newspaper.

Burundi Postal Administration is under the authority of the Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications. A Board of Directors, appointed upon proposal by the Minister, establishes the policy of the Postal Administration and decides on any issue submitted by the Management.

The mission of the Postal Administration is to organize, manage and operate the mail collection and exchange network over the national territory and between the postal administrations of country members of the Universal Postal Union.

The Postal Administration is now offering Internet Services, through the Cyber Post.

Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

(Yes / No)

Yes

Does it allow international calls?

(Yes / No)

Yes

 

On average, number and length of downtime periods

Fairly stable depending on locations

Mobile phone providers (List)

ONAMOB, UCOM, ECONET, AFICELL, LACELL SU

Estimated availability and coverage

(Approximate percentage of national coverage)

National

Telecommunication Regulation

No restriction of communication equipment importation except for a VSAT, Mobile Satellite Phones, which requires approval and release by the ARCT (Agence de la Regulation des Contrôles de Télécommunications). Submission of declaration is also needed to clear the goods from the customs.

This should be obtained from the relevant ministries (Defence & Foreign Affairs).

Regulations

Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

ARCT (Agence de la Régulation des Contrôles de Télécommunications)

HF Radio

Yes

n/a

UHF/VHF/HF radio: handheld, base and mobile

Yes

n/a

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes

n/a

GPS

Yes

n/a

VSAT

Yes

n/a

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required

  •  n/a

Frequency Licenses Required

  •  n/a

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

The UN Security Cell has implemented a VHF communication network covering the whole country. The UN agencies have their own channel and can use the existing communication network. Communication is not reliable due to the hills and mountains in the country, as several repeater stations need to be fixed to ensure better coverage of the country.

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems

Organisations 

UNICEF

WFP

UNHCR

WHO

FAO

VHF frequencies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HF frequencies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Repeaters

(Locations)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

VSAT

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes