Bujumbura - Post Report Question and Answers

Is high-speed home Internet access available? How long does it typically take to install it after arrival?

$500 flat rate for a two year contract for service, $500 to install the equipment. No monthly fees or issues. Can stream Netflix most days and use my Vonage phone too. Your sponsor can have it set up before you arrive. - Mar 2021

High-speed? No. Is home Internet access available? Yes. Price varies, but customers should expect to pay approximately $100 US per month for 1Mbps of service. Two main providers of home Internet in town are SpiderNet and CBINet. Some people use the local mobile phone provider, Lumitel for their home Internet (4G). Streaming (with a home-use VPN provider) is possible - I am watching Netflix in HD, as I write this, with no buffering - however service can be spotty. Service is delivered to the home via WiMAX towers, so weather can greatly affect the quality of the signal. - Nov 2017

Internet is available, but not high speed. $80 a month, and you can pay at the embassy. - Aug 2015

Yes, at about $100/ mos. It's fairly reliable, but I hear it depends on where you live and what kind of reception you get. - Aug 2009

It’s available but expensive and unreliable. It’s approximately $75/month and the server goes down several times a week. “High speed” is relative—you can Skype and upload photos, but it may take several hours to download a video from itunes. - Oct 2008

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