Tanzanian villages to benefit from $6m telecoms upgrade


Fixed network operator Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has announced US$6 million worth of investment for telecom equipment in 202 villages targeted at improving telecommunication services.

The upgrade will benefit 300,000 people living in 16 regions including Arusha, Tabora, Iringa, Kagera, Manyara, Dodoma, Lindi, Mbeya, Morogoro and Mtwara. Other regions earmarked for future development include Mwanza, Pwani, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Singida and Tanga.

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

TTCL chief executive officer (CEO) Kamugisha Kazaura 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 said.

“Most of the areas where the project is expected to be carried out are underdeveloped.”