Vodacom Tanzania yesterday launched 3G services in the northern city of Arusha, offering subscribers access to high speed internet connectivity. In February 2007 Vodacom Tanzania launched 3.5G services in the capital Dar es Salaam, offering broadband speed on the move via an HSDPA data card. The service has since been rolled out in Dodoma, the third biggest city in the country and capital of the Dodoma region.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, in February 2006 the Tanzanian cellco’s parent company Vodacom Group 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 year that Siemens won a supply contract for the new network. In November 2006 Vodacom Tanzania updated its rollout programme, saying it would now begin deploying 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).