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 will be a fascinating country for the 3-2-1 Service, with it’s creative adaptations to technology such as “flashing” and about 60 indigenous languages. HNI is working with our partners in Burkina Faso to determine which languages will be offered. The topics will include Agriculture and others yet to be determined.
The 3-2-1 Service will launch in Burkina Faso in 2016.
Airtel Burkina Faso
Mobile phone penetration in Burkina Faso nearly 80 percent of the population. Airtel Burkina Faso, has more than 5.25 million subscribers, and more than one-third of the market share.
Partners in Burkina Faso
For more information on the 3-2-1 Service in Burkina Faso contact:
Program Manager, Burkina Faso