Halotel to cover 1,800 villages between May and Oct 2016

5 Feb 2016

Viettel Tanzania (Halotel), the country’s newest cellco, plans to install telecommunication infrastructure in 1,800 villages nationwide between May and October 2016, reports Tanzania Daily News, citing the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Professor Makame Mbarawa. Speaking in the National Assembly, Mbarawa commented: ‘Halotel has agreed to extend services to [rural] areas by putting up communication towers … I assure lawmakers whose constituencies lack the service not to worry since Halotel will virtually cover all villages in the country.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Vietnamese telecoms group Viettel was granted a licence to build and operate a 3G mobile network in Tanzania in October 2014 and the firm went on to launch its Halotel-branded 2G and 3G services twelve months later. In January 2016 the operator, which claimed to cover 1,500 towns and villages at that date, revealed plans to increase wireless population coverage from its current level of 90% to 95% by the end of this year.

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