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VODACOM TO LAUNCH 3G HSDPA NETWORK IN DAR ES SALAAM

Africa's second-biggest cell phone operator Vodacom will launch a 3G network in Tanzania this year, making it the second country on mainland Africa with the wireless technology. South African-based Vodacom said it would spend an extra U$1.3-million this year to extend its network in Tanzania and to start building a 3G mobile phone network in the capital Dar es Salaam, which will allow users to surf the Web on their phones. Vodacom and rival MTN launched 3G networks in South Africa last year but Tanzania will get a 3G HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) network, which is faster than the first generation of 3G technology. Vodacom will also build an earth station to cut the cost of international calls, it said in the statement.

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