Halotel’s top boss cherishes meeting like minds at GSMA conference

04Mar 2019
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
Halotel’s top boss cherishes meeting like minds at GSMA conference

LEADING global mobile telecommunications executives and experts are convening in Barcelona, Spain this week where Halotel Tanzania Limited’s Managing Director, Nguyen van Son hopes to learn about new developments in the industry.

In a statement yesterday, Halotel said van Son hopes to share knowledge and experience with his global peers at the annual Global System Mobile Association (GSMA)’s world mobile conference whose theme is, ‘Intelligent connectivity.’

“The main objective of attending this event is to bring intelligent life to customers through gaining the technological experience from other international telcos and have an ability to provide better information technology solutions that solves problems in developing countries,” the company’s statement stated.

He said the GSMA’s largest annual event is a meeting of telecommunications industry’s elite managers and innovators who gather to showcase and launch their latest products to the global market while experts give forecasts about new trends.

Apart from the plenary sessions, the conference will also feature exhibitions latest products by global companies but also where mobile enterprises connect and attract investments from lenders and fund managers.

The World Mobile Conference 2019 which started end last month and ends mid this month, has attracted over 107,000 participants from 205 countries and territories with 2,400 exhibition stands and 3,500 international media agencies.

The Halotel chief said during the conference, he will share with peers his experiences of building infrastructure with large coverage in a developing country like Tanzania. In return, I hope to learn more about the most advanced technologies in the world to apply in the construction of rural infrastructure in a country like Tanzania,” van Son noted.

Halotel which is a subsidiary of Vietman’s Viettel International has been contracted by the government to extend communication infrastructure to rural parts of the country where leading mobile phone service companies have failed to invest because of poor market.

By the end of last year, Halotel had reached coverage of about 95 percent of nation with 4,400 base stations erected and 18,348 kilometers of fiber optic cable laid connecting more than 120,000 villages and remote communities.

As a result of the investment, the mobile phone service company has been one of the fastest growing in the market with the number of its subscribers increasing from 3.7 million to four million between September 2017 and last year.

It’s mobile money platform, HaloPesa has also seen its subscriber base increase from 358,217 to 800,000 over the same period of time while its agents grew from 10,000 to 155,000 within the same year.