Halotel’s Deputy Managing Director, Magesa Wandwi said in Dar es Salaam yesterday after the telco donated various items to patients at Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute as part of activities to mark six years of operations, that most of the villages have never accessed any mobile communication before.
Wandwi said of the 15,000 villages, 4,000 have access to all aspects of mobile phone communications including internet and mobile money which has boosted economic activities and growth.
“We thank the government for giving us the contract to connect these villages which Halotel has successfully done,” he said adding that the telecommunications company is looking forward to more years of fruitful cooperation with the state.
Speaking after handing over the donations, Halotel’s Head of Product Strategy and Communications, Sakina Makabu said the items are aimed at consoling the victims who are struggling to recover at MOI hence not engaging in any income generating activities.
“As we mark 6th anniversary, we appreciate to MOI’s management for allowing us to cheer these suffering children and their parents as well as to console them at this pressing time,” Makabu said noting that the company will continue working in partnership with the hospital in future.
Halotel which is a subsidiary of Vietman’s Viettel International started operations in October 2015 and was immediately contracted by the government to extend communication infrastructure to rural parts of the country where leading mobile phone companies failed to serve because of poor market concerns.
“As of now, we have laid more than 20,000 kilometres of optic fiber cable and more than 4,200 base transceiver stations to connect the 15,000 villages,” she added saying some of the villages have access to fourth generation (4G) network services.
The telco donated drugs, soap, milk, oil, sanitary pads, toilet papers and other products to support the children suffering from hydrocephalus and spinal bifida diseases.
In a vote of thanks after receiving the donations, MOI’s Senior Social Welfare Officer, Mary Ochieng and the hospital’s Head of Public Relations, Patrick Mvungi paid tribute to Halotel’s staff members and management for the support.