Onatel, telecommunications leader in Burkina Faso
Onatel is an overall operator, that is a leader in the fixed telephony, mobile telephony and Internet markets.
Onatel, or Office National des Télécommunications (National Telecommunications Office), is the incumbent
operator in Burkina Faso, born after the split in 1987 of the Office des Postes et Télécommunications, then turned into a state-owned enterprise in 1994.
In October 2002, the Government created a mobile subsidiary Telmob, owned 100% by Onatel and entrusted it in April 2004 a licence to operate a second generation mobile network (GSM).
Maroc Telecom acquires Onatel
An international competitive bidding for the sale of the majority stake of Onatel (51 %) and its mobile subsidiary Telmob was won in December 29, 2006 by Maroc Telecom.
In April 29, 2009, Onatel was listed on the regional stock exchange in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) through the sale by the Burkinabe government of 20% of its capital.
Telmob was absorbed by Onatel in 2010.
The only landline telecommunications operator
Although Onatel no longer has since 2006 a monopoly over fixed telephony services, it still remains today the only landline telecommunications operator in Burkina Faso.
Nonetheless, in the Internet market, other access providers are present alongside Onatel.
Onatel has a fleet of 142,000 land lines (2011), a penetration rate of fixed telephony of 0.9% (2011), and 31,000 Internet subscribers (2011). Nearly half of these clients are connected with broadband Internet (ADSL).
Onatel markets its mobile services under the Telmob brand. Prepaid, postpaid, voice, data, and roaming services , are offered to the inhabitants of Burkina Faso.
Onatel (Telmob) had 2,971 million customers (2011) out of the country's 6.9 million customers, representing a 41% market share, making it the leader in the segment, in the face of its two competitors.
Onatel is in a leadership position thanks to the quality of its services and its network coverage, with 602 relay antennas (2011).