Telecommunications in Burundi

Communications in Burundi refers to the telephony, internet, postal, radio, and television systems of Burundi.


As of April 2010, the CIA factbook described the telephone system as “primitive” with “one of the lowest” telephone densities in the world and “increasing. . . .but meager” use of cell phones.[1] As of 2010, the number of fixed-line telephone connections is far fewer than one per every 100 persons, with about five in use cell phones per 100 persons.[1] The international country code is 257.[1]

In 2008, there were 30,400 main telephone lines in use, making Burundi 178th in the world in terms of countries with the most main telephone lines in use.[1] This was a decrease from 2006 in which 35,000 main telephone lines were in use.[2] In 2005, there had been only 27,000 main telephone lines in use.[3] In 1995, there were 17,000 main telephone lines in use.[4]

In 2008, there were 480,600 cellular phones in use, making Burundi 156th in the world in terms of countries with the most cell phones in use.[1] This was a large increase with the number of cell phones almost doubling from the 250,000 in use in 2006.[2] In 2005, there had been 153,000 cell phones in use.[3] In 1995 there had been 343 cell phones in use.[4]

As of 2010, the domestic telephone system consists of open-wire, raditelephone communications, along with low capacity microwave radio relay.[1]

As of 2008, there was one satellite earth station, operated by Intelsat in the Indian Ocean.[1]


The internet country code is .bi.[1] As of 2009, there were 191 internet hosts, making Burundi 189th in the world in terms of number of internet hosts. This is a slight increase from 162 internet hosts in 2008.[2] As of 2008, there were 65,000 internet users, making Burund 167th in the world in terms of countries with the most internet users.[1] This was a small increase from 60,000 internet users in 2006.[2]

Postal Service

Régie Nationale des Postes is the company responsible for postal service in Burundi.

Radio and television

As of 2001, there were zero AM radio broadcast stations, four FM stations, and one shortwave one.[1] In 1998, there had been two AM stations, two FM stations, and no shortwave stations.[4]

As of 2001, there was one television broadcast station.[1]

As of 1997, there were 440,000 radios in use and 25,000 televisions in use.[3]

See also


External links

  • GSM World page on Burundi
  • PanAfriL10n page on Burundi