MTN Uganda contributes UGX 16 bln to RCDF

Telecoms

MTN Uganda has paid UGX 16 billion to the Uganda Communications Commission Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) in tax remittance. This is part of the mandatory 2 per cent levy for all telecommunications companies.

RCDF projects focus on ensuring access and usage of ICT services for under-served areas. CEO Mazen Mroue said MTN Uganda is committed to supporting the government and particularly the Ministry of ICT and the UCC in their plans to spread ICT literacy to all regions of the country.

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NEC and Tanzania Telecommunications double mobile network capacity in key rural and island locations

NEC Corporation has announced that is upgrading microwave links on behalf of the TTCL connecting six key rural and island locations in the country to double mobile network capacity and meet demand from local citizens, enterprises and tourists in a deal worth US $1.6 million.

The government has already inaugurated the route from Dar es Salaam, the main economic centre of the country, to the island resort of Zanzibar. Further connections from Shinyanga to Maswa in the north and Mikumi to Kidatu in southern Tanzania are planned to open shortly.

TTCL is using NEC’s iPASOLINK 400, 1000 and 5000iPS solutions which support a hybrid TDM and IP-based mobile backhaul service. This enables the operator to continue to leverage investments in existing legacy TDM systems for voice traffic and use high speed, high capacity Ethernet for data with the option of transitioning to an all-IP network to enable highly efficient long haul transmissions in the future.

The solution can also support the expansion of LTE network services when required with minimal capacity upgrades, in addition to the 3G networks of today. It features Ethernet OAM (Operations, Administration, and Maintenance) for performance monitoring and fault isolation and troubleshooting to ensure system resilience, uptime and deliver a consistently high QoS (Quality of Service).