Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Vodacom Connects to National ICT Backbone

VODACOM customers in Tanzania can now enjoy faster data speeds following the company's continued investment in its 3G networks and connection to the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB).

Vodacom Tanzania's Managing Director, Mr Rene Meza, said in a statement on Wednesday that the phone company has connected its northern optic fibre ring -- Dar es Salaam - Arusha - Dodoma to the NICTBB some five weeks ago. "Vodacom customers in these areas today continue to enjoy seamless communication as well as improved data speeds on Vodacom's 3G network," he said.

Adding that: "Vodacom has invested over 800m/- in the NITCBB project." He explained that the move has already yielded tremendous results with the firm's subscribers in Morogoro, Tanga, Moshi, Arusha, Babati, Singida, Dodoma and Iringa. "Connection to the NICTBB coupled with our investment in 3 G will allow our customers to enjoy even faster data speeds compared to what they had in the past, " he said.

Vodacom's move to connect to the NICTBB has also boosted efficiencies in data transmission from Mwanza and Mbeya which are also linked through Dodoma. Mr Meza said Vodacom fully supports government efforts to ensure that many Tanzanians get improved access to ICT services.

"Connecting to the Dar es Salaam - Arusha - Dodoma NICTBB ring which has a capacity of 622 Megabits Per Second (Mbps) is a clear indication of our support," he says. He said phase two of the connection to the NICTBB project would see the closing of the Dodoma-Mwanza- Mbeya ring as well as the Dodoma - Mbeya - Dar. "This is expected to start in April, this year," he added.

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