Communicating wirelessly across distances is an ancient practice in Burkina Faso, which has a talking drum tradition. The Burkinabé have adapted this tradition, in a way, to mobile phones, by using a complex system of communicating called “flashing.” A mobile phone user makes calls that are not intended to be answered, but instead are interpreted by the number of times the phone rings before the caller hangs up.
Burkina Faso is a fascinating country for the 3-2-1 Service — with about 60 indigenous languages and its creative adaptations to technology such as “flashing.” The 3-2-1 Service in Burkina Faso is currently offered in Dioula, French, and Moore with topics including Agriculture, Family Planning, and Weather.
The 3-2-1 Service launched in Burkina Faso in 2017.
Orange Burkina Faso
Mobile phone penetration in Burkina Faso is over 40 percent. Orange Burkina Faso has close to 7 million subscribers, and more than 41 percent of the market share.