Vodacom Tanzania PLC has entered into an agreement with the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) worth US$4.59-million, enabling the service provider to use the state-owned fibre optic cable infrastructure to increase connectivity in rural parts of Tanzania.
In a statement released by Vodacom, this investment comes after an investment of US$6 million in October 2021 and which is meant to widen high-speed internet services to reach rural areas.
“With increased internet access to rural areas of Tanzania, it would be easier for people to access digital services, like health services, education delivery, and agricultural information and increasing the country’s financial inclusion,” an excerpt from the statement read.
This deal led by Peter Ulanga, the Director-General of Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL), and Sitholizwe Mdlalose, Vodacom Managing Director, is said to enhance Vodacom’s voice and data traffic throughout central and southern areas of the country, in order to change the country to become a knowledge-based society by applying ICT models.
The Permanent Secretary of Communication at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology, Dr Jim Yonaz, said “the government’s ICT plan is to have 80 per cent of the country connected to broadband digital services by 2025. By expanding the national fibre backbone, we are able to reach this target. We have dedicated ourselves to fulfilling this in order to provide digital connectivity opportunities to all Tanzanians. We acknowledge the importance of telecommunication operators in pushing this accessibility closer to people.”
Furthermore, Vodacom Tanzania PLC has been a critical player in the usage of NICTBB infrastructure since 2012, having a capacity lease contract valued at US$ 50 million.
Speaking on the service delivery on the National Backbone, Sitholizwe indicated that Vodacom Tanzania, as a technology services entity, depends on high-speed internet service to provide vital social and commercial services to the country.