Tanzania to invest $6 million in telecoms upgrade

07 March 2014 |

The Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) has this week signed an agreement with the Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF) to upgrade telecoms infrastructure in Tanzania.

The two organisations plan to invest over $6 million in expanding and upgrading basic telecoms infrastructure in rural areas of the country.

Kamugisha Kazaura, CEO at TTCL, said: “Our aim is to make sure that every constituency and village that was lacking telecommunications for a long time, to have that access.”

Kazaura said that the project is due to commence as soon as possible and will include 33 constituencies; meaning an estimated 300,000 people will benefit from connectivity.

The project is designed to tackle poverty-stricken areas and will cover 16 regions in Tanzania including Arusha, Tabora, Iringa, Kagera, Manyara, Dodoma, Lindi, Mbeya, Morogoro and Mtwar.

Other region’s flagged for future developments include Mwanza, Pwani, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Singida and Tanga.

In February 2013 the Tanzanian government began proceedings to take 100% ownership of TTCL.