Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

31 January 2013

Tanzania: Vodacom Conducts Trials On Ultra-Fast Internet Technology

VODACOM Tanzania is conducting trials on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology which will enable the firm's customers to enjoy ultra-fast internet speed.

Speaking at a ceremony to launch the trials in Dar es Salaam, Vodacom's Managing Director Rene Meza, said the LTE would make the country at par with the rest of the world in terms of technology.

He said the move has been possible following the firm's connection to National Broadband ICT Backbone. "LTE will enable Vodacom customers to enjoy superior internet speed," Mr Meza said. He said the superior internet speed will enhance delivery of services in various sectors including commerce, health, agriculture and education.

"Vodacom's LTE trial will allow for a smooth handover between 2G, 3G, 3.75 G. In other words, LTE users will have access to seamless communication services as they move through various parts of the country," said the company's managing director.

Mr Meza noted that smart phones in the market that are LTE enabled include the iPhone 5, Samsung S3, Nokia Lumia 800 and Samsung Galaxy 2. He said his company was in discussions with the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) on the allocation of spectrum that would allow for LTE to be commercially deployed.

According to the experience from advanced markets such as Germany and Korea, the 800 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands allow for wider coverage and cost efficient deployment of LTE as well as wide device availability. "Current spectrum for LTE has been fully allocated to licences but Tanzania is yet to enjoy fast super internet speed countrywide.

We are therefore hopeful that the government will be able to provide us guidance on the way forward," he said. Mr Meza pointed out that the LTE is such a technology which will contribute to the development of the country's information and communications technology (ICT) industry and provide ultra-fast internet speed.

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