Halotel (T): Most rural areas will be covered

13Jan 2019
Beatrice Philemon
Dar es Salaam
Guardian On Sunday
Halotel (T): Most rural areas will be covered

A local telecommunications firm has pledged to extend its services to rural communities to improve communication to the majority of the people living in rural areas.

Halotel Tanzania Managing Director, Nguyen Van Son said this on Friday while donating 10 water tanks other materials for Kigamboni district as part of the firm’s gesture to thank the community for using their services where they now command a four million customer subscription base.

He acknowledged government’s support for creating a good environment for telecommunication firms in the country.

He said the company was targeting the rural areas because most such places are not effectively covered by communication services.

“This will help us to extend our customer base as we now have over four million customers since inception three years ago,” he said.

So far, he said over 13,000 villages across the country have been connected with the communications network.

Commenting on achievements realized in the past year, he said the year brought positive results to the company by raising productivity.

He said the year was good for the firm as it managed to register improved numbers across all the parameters.

Available data shows registered subscribers crossed the four million-mark as of September 2018, a smooth growth from 3.7 million in September 2017.

The number of active HaloPesa customers rose tremendously from 358,217 in September 2017 to about 800,000 as of September 2018.

The massive improvement in active HaloPesa subscribers was primarily a result of improved services that the company launched in 2018, he stated.

“In short, we grew in almost all the performance parameters during the year. We launched a number of new products and services, including our interoperability service which allows one to send and receive money from HaloPesa directly into wallets of other mobile money platforms,” he pointed out.

The company also rolled its optic fiber network to 2,000 kilometres as it advanced its data infrastructure to new areas.

With such a wide network, he said it enabled the firm to remain a provider of choice when it comes high speed internet.

Kigamboni District Commissioner Sara Msafiri acknowledged the firm’s support, calling upon other firms to borrow a leaf from Halotel (T) Ltd.

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