Tanzanian govt pledges to improve rural telecoms access

5 Jun 2013

Dar es Salaam-based newspaper the Daily News writes that the government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that all Tanzanians across the country have access to telecommunications services, including mobile phones. The paper quotes Deputy Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Mr January Makamba, who was speaking at a parliament seminar to discuss Tanzania’s universal communication services access fund (UCSAF). Mr Makamba told parliamentary members that domestic operators have already purchased some 400 communications towers for deployment in unserved areas, adding that through the UCSAF, the government was also looking to roll out telecoms services in all border areas in a bid to improve national security.

The deputy minister claims that the fund has significantly benefited the country since its inception around two years ago, including helping to increase fixed and in particular, mobile penetration. ‘The growth of this fund has a positive impact in the country’s economy as more villages, wards and towns are covered under the project,’ Makamba said. His views were echoed by the communications minister Prof Makame Mbarawa, who said that all areas of the African country would be covered, including ‘those which are considered to have less business activities’.