Ouagadougou - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Internet is easy to get. They are working on fiber. However, it's still only relatively consistent, cuts out pretty often. Can stream movies/shows. - Jun 2020

High speed internet is available but can be quite expensive and there are a lot of outages. - Oct 2019

High speed internet is available, expensive and unreliable. - Jul 2019

High speed internet is available but can be expensive, and service is very unreliable. When it works it is possible to use video streaming services, though it is often not functioning, or too slow to stream smoothly. - Jul 2019

Yes, you can have it installed right away or it may take a few weeks to get upgraded service. Service can still be spotty. - Dec 2017

Very expensive and not very fast. There are two payment levels: US$125 for 1MB, $250 for 2MB. We pay the higher rate, and it seems we may actually get a higher speed due to proximity to other diplomatic enclaves. That is not the norm. While we can usually stream video (at reduced quality), many cannot at all. - May 2016

Yes with varying reliability. Cost from US$100-200/month depending on the speed you choose. - Aug 2015

There is no high speed internet in Burkina Faso. I pay about US$100/month for a 512 mb/s down connection. Takes me about 4 hours to download an hour long TV show. - Jun 2015

I read someone say you pay for the hope of internet. Most days that is true. It's low and unreliable. I've heard of some getting satelite dishes? Look into that. - Jan 2015

Internet access is very slow. There are many plans that cost anywhere from US$40-200 a month. - Jul 2013

We paid $140 per month and never received the speeds that were advertised. You don't pay for internet here. You pay for the hope of internet. If you don't pay, there is no hope. - Jul 2013

Pricey, but available. - Apr 2013

"High speed" is relative, but we have the fastest package at 1MB per second. I don't know how much it costs because I have yet to pay it. I've never gotten a bill. I'm sure I will get a hefty bill when they finally figure it out. You can't stream video exactly, but you can download movies and TV shows on iTunes or Apple TV and watch them later. We usually download overnight and watch the movie or TV season the next day. - Nov 2012

Yes, but it is expensive. Internet up to 2gb/sec is available, but it runs about $300 per month. - Aug 2010

We had Speed Touch Connection and I don't know the costs. - Aug 2008

DSL is available and has recently reduced in price to around $40/mo. But it isn't as fast as DSL in the U.S. - Jul 2008

Highest speed is DSL. I regularly get about 10-15 Kbps. It's OK for Skype but it takes 8-9 hrs to download a 350MB HD video. Cost seems to be about US$70/month. - Jun 2008

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