Vodacom Tanzania launches mobile TV service

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Tanzanians can now access news or entertainment channels using their mobile phones following the launch of  a Vodacom Tanzania-DSTV mobile facility.

Speaking during the inauguration of the facility recently in Dar es Salaam, Vodacom Tanzania chief operating officer Peter Correria said the firm had invested in high technology to enable customers to enjoy more services. Correria said the new service was provided after Vodacom M-Pesa, which had enabled many Tanzanians to get banking services through their mobile phones.

He said Vodacom Tanzania in cooperation with DSTV wanted to see their customers using their phones not only as tools of ordinary communication, but also to know what was happening in other parts of  the world.

He explained that for a start Vodacom Tanzania and DSTV had put five channels online and made available to Vodacom Tanzania customers.

The channels are TBC1, Euronews, B4U, Sawsee and Super Sport Blitz.

“This service will be accessible for customers with 3G handsets and it is free for three months from now. Actually, we are at a pilot stage and later we will be charging subscribers. We will also increase the number of channels,” said Curreria.

DSTV general manager Felix Kyengo said the company was happy to be associated with Vodacom Tanzania in the programme.

He described the new service as an outcome of technological advancements.

Kyengo said the use of mobile phones had increased from that of traditional communication to getting news.
 “Some years ago, the cellphone was for calling and text messaging. Now a mobile phone can be used as a camera and a television. This has been achieved due to high investment in technology,” said Kyengo.

He said that to join Vodacom Tanzania-DSTV Mobile you must open the link, n the cell phone browser then select dstv mobile icon and click on any one of the channels and sign-up to DSTV Mobile.

Dar es  Salaam Acting Regional Commissioner, Mr Said Mecky Sadick congratulated Vodacom Tanzania and DSTV for launching the services that will enable their customers to know what is going on in the world in politics, healthy, entertainment and sports through their mobile phone.

Sadick also called other mobile phone to follow foot step of Vodacom Tanzania and DSTV for their customers. He also called all Tanzanians to avoid using mobile phone as tool of wrong doing in the society.