(Bloomberg) Orascom Telecom Holding SAE (ORTE)’s Burundian unit said it may introduce a third-generation mobile- phone network in the East African country within the next month as it seeks to expand its subscriber base.
U-Com Burundi SA carried out a test of the new system on May 31, spokesman Christian Kabirigi said in an interview today from Bujumbura, the capital. The network enables faster transmission of data and allows mobile-phone users to download music and video to their handsets.
U-Com is Burundi’s biggest mobile-phone company with more than 1 million subscribers, Kabirigi said. The company competes with state-owned Onatel; Econet Wireless Holdings Ltd.; Africell, owned by VTL Holdings; and Lacell SU, according to Business Monitor International, the London-based research group.
Burundi’s government has said it plans to sell Onatel to private investors.