South Africa-based pan-African mobile operator Vodacom Group has revealed plans to launch a third-generation (3G) mobile network in Tanzania this year. Vodacom plans to spend an additional USD1.3 million in 2006 to extend its existing Tanzanian network and to roll out UMTS infrastructure in the capital Dar es Salaam. Like its rival MTN, Vodacom launched 3G services in South Africa in 2005. However, it says it plans to bypass W-CDMA technology in Tanzania and go straight to a high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) platform. Vodacom is owned by the UK’s Vodafone Group and South African incumbent Telkom. It operates networks in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho and Mozambique.