TTCL takes 4G network to VP’s backyard in Kigoma

16Dec 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
TTCL takes 4G network to VP’s backyard in Kigoma

A fourth generation communication tower has been installed in Buhigwe district of Kigoma region at a cost of over 326.8m/- financed jointly by Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited and Universal Communication Services Access Fund.

TTCL managing director, Waziri Kindamba speaks at a past event held in Dar es Salaam.

TTCL Managing Director, Waziri Kindamba and UCSAF’s CEO, Justina Mashiba told Vice President, Dr Philip Mpango this week that the 4G tower will offer all types of communication including voice, data and T-Pesa.

“This 4G communication tower will completely change the dynamics of this district economically as many opportunities will be unveiled to the public,” Kindamba said while revealing that TTCL paid over 208.6m/ of the total bill.

He said the tower which will also provide high speed internet connection will enable members of the public communicate easily hence speeding up development in the area. “We expect to see many young people joint the network of TTCL agents that will serve the public with recharge vouchers, mobile money and internet connection,” he noted.

UCSAF’s chief executive, Mashiba backed Kindamba’s observation saying the facility is a game changer as Buhigwe’s rural communities can now access efficient and reliable communication services.

“The Fund’s objective is to ensure that people living in the periphery of the country such as remote rural areas have access to reliable communication services,” she said while assuring Dr Mpango that UCSAF will continue investing heavily in rural communication infrastructure.

Speaking after unveiling the 4G tower, Dr Mpango said that the government will continue focusing on investment in remote parts of the country where private mobile communications companies have evaded due to low returns.

He said the 4G tower is part of the 6th Phase Government’s commitment to ensure affordable communications is available in all parts of the country and especially in rural areas. “Reliable communication network allows the public to easily conduct their businesses and contribute to development of the country,” Dr Mpango noted.

Welcoming the VP, Information Communication and Technology Minister, Dr Ashatu Kijaji commended TTCL and UCSAF’s partnership for successfully executing the project on time. “This 4G communication tower will improve services in Buhigwe district and contribute towards rapid development,” Dr Kijaji said adding that before the end of the current fiscal year, the national broadband optic fibre will be connected to Buhigwe and other districts in Kigoma region.