The Citizen Correspondent quotes Vodacom Tanzania managing director Rene Meza as saying that his firm intends to spend more money to improve its mobile data capabilities and to upgrade its network operations and financial distribution to strengthen its popular mobile money service M-PESA. The official confirmed that USD100 million will be spent to increase network coverage and capacity, with the aim of boosting M-PESA and to usher in new technologies and offer new corporate solutions. The monies will be spent over the next twelve to 18 months, he said.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in December last year Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) won a five-year contract from Vodacom Tanzania to modernise the cellco’s mobile networks. Under the terms of the contract, the Finnish-German vendor will implement a single radio access network (RAN) platform in the country to replace Vodacom’s existing GSM and 3G base transceiver stations (BTS). The multi-technology platform is able to run GSM, HSPA and Long Term Evolution (LTE), and can be defined to roll out a particular technology with a simple software update, it said. Additionally, NSN will provide Vodacom with its so-called ‘liquid radio-based self-organising network (SON)’ for the RAN and core network as well as its NetAct powered network management solutions. Further, the vendor is also deploying additional GSM and 3G BTS to expand coverage, and will deploy its software features to increase network capacity and efficiency.