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200 Villages in Tanzania Receive Modern Telecoms

10 August, 2014

Source: East African Business Week

Arusha — Change is in the offing for 300,000 people living in 202 villages who will benefit from better telecommunications services.

The leading fixed network operator in the country, the Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL), has recently announced that it will invest over $6 million to upgrade telecom equipment in the villages.

The project is expected to start soon and it will cover 16 regions in Tanzania, including Arusha, Tabora, Iringa, Kagera, Manyara, Dodoma, Lindi, Mbeya, Morogoro and Mtwara. Other regions that have been earmarked for future development include Mwanza, Pwani, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Singida and Tanga.

Kamugisha Kazaura, the chief executive officer of TTCL confirmed the new development. "Our aim is to make sure that every constituency and village that was lacking telecommunication for a long time, to have that access," he stressed.

He added that, "most of the areas where the project is expected to be carried out are underdeveloped," noting that this was mainly due to the lack of telecommunication links.

The project follows an agreement signed between TTCL and Universal Communication Services Access Fund (UCSAF), an institution created in 2006 by the government to, among other objectives; ensure the availability of communication services in rural and urban underserved areas.

This latest initiative targeting rural areas is also in line with a government commitment to ensure that the entire country is connected.

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