Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) and Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF) have signed an agreement to improve basic telecom services in rural areas in a project that is set to cost over $6 million.
The CEO of TTCL, Kamugisha Kazaura, stated that the multi-million project is expected to commence as soon as possible. The work will connect about 33 constituencies with around 202 villages, with some 300,000 people.
"Our aim is to make sure that every constituency and village that was lacking telecommunication for a long time, to have that access," Kazaura stated.
The project will cover 16 regions in Tanzania, including Arusha, Tabora, Iringa, Kagera, Manyara, Dodoma, Lindi, Mbeya, Morogoro and Mtwara. Other regions that have been ear-marked for future development include Mwanza, Pwani, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Singida and Tanga.
"Most of the areas where the project is expected to be carried out are underdeveloped, this is mainly due to the lack of telecommunication links," remarked Kazaura.