Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Industrial transformation in Tanzania is in place, says Shein
TANZANIA Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) said on Wednesday this week that it is installing 50 additional fourth generation-long term evolution (4G-LTE) network sites in Dar es Salaam to improve data speed for mobile phones and data terminals. TTCL company will now be the third cell phone company to initiate the newly programmed fast running internet broadband in the country after Tigo and Vodacom which have installed theirs in their networks. Dar es Salaam Unit TTCL Acting Head of Business, Ms Jane Mwakalebela, said that following successful installation of 25 sites in the city, the demand for high speed data and standard wireless communication is higher and the operator is well placed to meet the increasing demand. “We started by launching 11 sites in the city, then we rolled-out 14 other sites but the demand is very big. We are embarking on launching the same service to additional 50 sites in the city,” she told reporters at the ongoing Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair. The service, which offers mobile broadband internet access for smart phones and data terminals, has increased more rapidly,” she said. She said TTCL is on final stages to launch voice services as part of its transformation plan backed by the TIB Development Bank. After the the Dar es Salaam expansion plan, the service will be rolled out in upcountry regions, Ms Mwakalebela noted. TTCL’s transformation plan targets to secure market share by extending its coverage across the country. About 266 towers are needed to provide blanket coverage of the whole of the region, the initial towers covered areas including the Julius Nyerere International Airport and the New Post Office (central business district), Upanga, Kinondoni, Ubungo, Oysterbay, Mwenge, Mbezi Tangibovu, Mbezi Exchange, Kunduchi Salasala and Wazo Tegeta. The proposed regions will be Mwanza, Mbeya, Arusha, Dodoma, Mtwara, Tanga, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Morogoro and Zanzibar.