Telecom Sub-Sector Burundi

With stable GDP growth of around 5% per year a high population density and a high growth rate in a low-penetration mobile market, Burundi is one of the most attractive African telecom markets for investors.

Burundi is a landlocked country connected to international fibre optic cables giving it access to much greater amounts of international internet bandwidth at lower prices.

Telecom operators
Burundi has five telecommunication companies which comprise of

  • Leo U-com owned by Egypt’s Orascom which controls 64 percent of the Burundi market
  • Econet a subsidiary of Econet Wireless
  • Lacell SU from Nepal
  • Africell, owned by VTL Holdings of Dubai
  • ONAMOB which is State-owned

Internet providers
USAN, SpiderNet, ONATEL, OSA, AFRICELL Leo U-com, CBINET SA, Heng Lu trading as outside heaven, Vizada networks AS, Emerging markets communications Deutschland GmbH, Intelsat Global sales and marketing Ltd, Burundi IXP, Sky vision Global networks Ltd

Estimated market penetration rates in Burundi’s telecoms sector at end of 2012


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