TTCL, Huawei ink USD182 million network improvement deal

28 Jan 2015

State-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has signed a USD182 million deal with Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies to upgrade and expand its fixed and wireless networks, local website Daily News reports, citing CEO Dr Kamugisha Kazaura. Under the terms of the contract – the first phase of which is expected to conclude in June 2015 – the vendor will upgrade the telco’s 2G and 3G networks and also deploy 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The agreement will also see Huawei deploy networks in rural areas in line with a Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) contract won by TTCL in February 2014. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate at the time, the contract is part of a wider UCSAF programme designed to provide connectivity for more than two million people living in rural areas, with Dr Kazaura clarifying that TTCL is contracted to expand rural services to 69 wards that make up over 400 villages, effectively extending coverage to 50,000 residents.

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