Tanzania: Vodacom network coverage provides vital rural connectivity
VODACOM Tanzania said technology and connectivity have the potential to create a more equitable and inclusive digital society.
Vodacom Tanzania Corporate Affairs Director Ms. Rosalynn Mworia said yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the telecommunications company is prioritizing coverage of rural communities through its Rural Coverage Acceleration Program.
“In partnership with the Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF), Vodacom has extended the coverage of its mobile network in rural areas to cover 92% of the population,” she said.
She added, as part of her Africa. A connected initiative and in line with its social contract, Vodacom is determined to ensure wide adoption of the Internet among Tanzanians.
It has set itself the goal of bringing high-speed internet connectivity to 65% of the population by the end of 2021 and a final target of 90% by 2024.
“This is in line with the government’s stated goal of increasing broadband coverage from 45% to 80%,” she noted.
At present, the broadband connectivity provided by Vodacom covers approximately 52% of the population in 1,184 villages in the interior of the country.
For more than two decades now, Vodacom has invested heavily in its network to provide its customers with the latest technologies as well as the most innovative products and solutions available on the market.
For example, with investments estimated at 171.4 billion / – in 4G alone, Vodacom currently manages more than 3,000 2G sites, 2,800 3G sites and more than 2,000 4G sites, making it the most network coverage. wide of the country, reaching 92% of the population.
This network coverage is enhanced by the latest technological capabilities and innovative and relevant products and services, allowing Vodacom users to truly benefit from the access they have.
One such service is the M-Pesa mobile money platform which has amassed over 10 million users served by a nationwide network of over 107,000 agents.
Over the years, this platform has evolved to reach rural clients who would otherwise not have access to formal financial services. In addition, this platform is also the basis for connecting farmers to vital information and payment systems through the M-Kulima service, with more than 10,000 active users.
The national reach of the Vodacom network also serves as the basis for delivering life-saving interventions to users in rural areas. In collaboration with CCBRT, for example, more than 6,000 fistula patients have received surgical treatment, the vast majority being people from rural areas.