Tanzania: Halotel aims to integrate more than 328 new villages into the telecom network in 2019

Mobile operator Halotel Tanzania Limited, a subsidiary of the Vietnamese telecom group Viettel, announces the continuation of its conquest of the Tanzanian rural world in order to increase the presence of its telecom services in the country. Currently present in 13,000 villages, the telecom company aims to expand its presence in more than 328 new villages in 2019. This was to bring at the end of the year, its network coverage to more than 13,328 villages.

Nguyen Van Son, the general manager of Halotel, revealed that as part of this new ambition, 500 4G telecom stations will be installed as well as nearly 200 3G telecom stations. He said that part of the telecom equipment that will be installed, will be financed by the Universal Fund for Access to Communication Services (UCSAF), for 9.3 billion shillings (US $ 4,042,900). Thanks to its investments, the telecom company wants to reach the number of 1.5 million new subscribers to the voice, the data and the mobile financial service at the end of the year. This will bring the volume of its consumer base to 5.5 million. 

According to the Communications Regulatory Authority of Tanzania (TCRA), the telecom operator Halotel claims since 2015, nearly 4 400 telecom towers installed in the country and 18 348 kilometers of optical fiber deployed across the country. These achievements were made possible by a financial investment of 1.1 trillion shillings (US $ 478,192,478).

Source: Agence Ecofin