Mkulima African Telecommunications Company Limited (MTC) Chief Operating Officer, Gadi Mkemwa said the company signed a memorandum of understanding with Universal Communications Services Access Fund (UCSAF) last year, to provide communication services to rural areas where other mobile operators can’t reach.
“Our five year strategic plan has a budget of US$ 5m which is equivalent to 10bn/-, which will finance the project till 2020, by that period we want to make sure that all 4,000 villages access communication services,” Mkemwa said.
The MTC COO further pointed out that after launching of MVNO in Mwanga district of Kilimanjaro region last weekend by Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Engineer Edwin Ngonyani, the work of installing infrastructure to such villages has commenced.
The MVNO which said to be the first of its kind in the country, will also provide excellent and affordable telecommunication services to low-income communities.
MTC trades under a brand name of Amotel which is an MVNO riding on a Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited network as a Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE).
Speaking at the launching ceremony Eng. Ngonyani said that that the government is now working to ensure that all rural areas have modern telecommunication access.
He said that UCSAF is now working towards making sure that remote villages in the country which have no access to affordable and reliable communications, get one.
“We are launching Amotel, the first ever Mobile Virtual Network Operator in the country, Kenya our neighbour has got five of this kind, it’s an important step towards enabling many parts of our rural areas access communication,” he said
“In short, mobile operators have not reached in many rural areas for the reason that it’s very expensive to build communication towers and there is no assured market to help recoup their investments, but with Amotel all rural areas will be reached on,” the Deputy Minister noted.
Amotel started in 2013 by offering services in Mwanga district’s three villages and got a license from Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority in June last year.
Since last September, Amotel started implementation of the rural communications solution networking working in partnership with TTCL.