Halotel marks third anniversary, targets six million subscribers by 20

17Oct 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Halotel marks third anniversary, targets six million subscribers by 20

RURAL focused mobile phone services company, Viettel Tanzania Limited which trades by its brand name, Halotel plans to increase its subscribers from the current four million to six million by 2020.

Halotel Deputy Managing Director, Nguyen Van Son speaking at press conference to mark three years of operations in the country in Dar es Salaam yesterday. With him is Head of the company’s Communication Department, Mhina Semwenda. .

Deputy Managing Director, Nguyen van Son said in Dar es Salaam yesterday during a news conference to commemorate the company’s third anniversary that, on average Halotel registers slightly above a million subscribers annually.

“In the next two years, we are planning to invest U$ 200 million in network infrastructure upgrade and increase our Halopesa customers to three million,” Van Son said. Currently, Halopesa has slightly over a million subscribers.

He pointed out that Halotel which has already invested U$ 500 million of its planned U$ 500 million during the first five years, will rollout fourth generation (4G) network facilities countrywide to meet growing demand by the public especially in tourist hotspots of rural areas.

While paying tribute to the government’s continued support of its investment, the Halotel deputy chief executive further noted that the company has ambitions to become the top three mobile phone services company within the next few years.

“We are making good progress annually thanks to our heavy investment in rural infrastructure,” Van Son bragged while unveiling that with 4,400 base stations and over 18,300 kilometres of fibre optic coverage, Halotel covers almost 95 percent of the domestic market.

“Our next big investment is in the provision of ICT services to make sure that people in rural Tanzania with smartphones can browse the web and communicate efficiently,” he assured.

Seconding his boss, Halotel Head of Communication, Mhina Semwenda said Halotel is already providing third generation communication services in remote tourist areas such as Ngorongoro Crater in Manyara region.

“Many other areas of the country have access to 3G network facilities thanks to our fibre optic investments,” Semwenda said.

 

Halotel Tanzania is a subsidiary of Vietnam’s Viettel Group which started operation in the country in October 2015 with focus to connect rural areas where 80 percent of the country's population lives.

The company's infrastructure – with 2,500 2G and 3G BTS and 18,000km of fibre cables – is 2.5 times greater than in the whole of Tanzania.

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