Vodacom’s Tanzanian mobile subsidiary is working with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to trial the vendor’s Village Connection Solution, in an effort to improve coverage to underserved communities across the country. The agreement will enable Vodacom Tanzania to increase its ability to provide remote and rural coverage in Tanzania – an area in which it claims to be taking the lead over its rivals. The NSN Village Connection product is seen as an excellent vehicle to deliver cost effective network capacity at a low capital outlay, and with low operating costs. As part of the pilot trials, NSN is providing consulting services to the mobile operator allowing it to formulate a plan best suited to delivering rural services across the country. Tests of the service will cover voice and SMS services on a live IP-based network, with the additional support of satellite for backhaul purposes. The pair will also cooperate on a number of telecoms-related initiatives, such as the supply of Vodacom’s core and radio 3G network.