Burundi’s Telecommunications Regulation and Control Agency (ARCT) plans to introduce commercial 5G services in July 2024, Taifa Leo reported. The regulator intends to allocate each operator a continuous band of 60 MHz-100 MHz in the sub-6 GHz frequency range along with at least 800 MHz of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum above 6 GHz. It aims to release the 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz bands by December 2023. 

Testing of 5G technology will be permitted from January 2024. The introduction of 5G in Burundi should address the increasing demand for high-speed connectivity and support the government’s ambitions for digital transformation. The country recently secured funding of USD 50 million from the World Bank, which will bolster the foundations of the digital economy in Burundi.

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