Vodacom Tanzania has announced the launch of its first 3.5G services in the capital Dar es Salaam offering broadband speed on the move via an HSDPA data card. According to Vodacom, the service is available to pre-paid and contract users through its Vodashop retail outlets in the city.
Vodacom Tanzania is a unit of South African operator Vodacom Group. In February 2006 the parent revealed plans to launch a 3.5G network in Tanzania before the end of the year, but the rollout took longer than expected and it was not until September that Siemens won a supply contract for the new network. In November Vodacom Tanzania updated its rollout programme saying it would now begin rolling out a 3.5G network from the start of 2007. At the time the company’s Chief Operating Officer Pieter Uys said the cellco was experiencing increased demand for data services from its existing customer base, and had seen revenue from data-based services rising by 30% in 2006, to ZAR65 million (USD9.1 million).