Vodacom is preparing to connect 90% of the population to broadband
Dar es Salaam. Vodacom Tanzania plans to connect at least 90% of the Tanzanian population to broadband internet by 2024 as part of the telecommunications company’s rural coverage expansion.
Currently, Vodacom’s broadband connectivity, which provides high-speed internet, covers about 52% of the population, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Rosalynn Mworia.
As part of its Africa.connected initiative and in line with efforts to ensure wide internet adoption among Tanzanians, the company aims to expand broadband internet connectivity to 65% of the population by the end of 2021 and a final target of 90% by 2024.
“For more than two decades now, Vodacom has continuously invested and improved its network to ensure that it provides its customers with the latest cutting-edge technologies as well as the most innovative products and solutions available on the market,” he said. she declared.
She said the company’s investment in 4G alone is valued at 171.4 billion shillings.
“By working with various government and private sector partners, Vodacom contributes to this agenda by bringing affordable handsets to market, providing effective solutions for hearing and visually impaired users, as well as direct support for other social initiatives being carried out. by the government, ”Mworia said. .
The government is pushing for broadband connectivity to reach all Tanzanians with high speed internet, which it says is a must in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology recently signed a partnership agreement with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) to expand broadband connectivity.
“The fourth industrial revolution is based on a combination of various digital and modern technologies such as blockchain, drones, internet, artificial intelligence and more … To be able to use all these technologies effectively, we need communication and a reliable power supply, ”said former Minister Faustine Ndugulile.