Tanzanian MVNO Amotel launches rural network project
The Tanzanian government has spent KES 76 billion on telecommunication projects in rural areas under a special fund, The Citizen reported. Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Edwin Ngonyani said the projects so far have covered 1,939 villages in over 443 districts. The deputy minister was speaking at the launch of a rural telecommunication project led by local firm Amotel, a local firm.
Amotel is expected to connect over 4,000 villages across the country with mobile phones on the Mobile Virtual Network Operator model by 2020 on the Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL) network. Ngonyani said the target is to reach 3 million people, with a special focus on those living in rural areas. The firm’s CEO, Gad Mkemwa said this will be the first time MVNO technology is used in Tanzania, and that it would provide affordable services to low-income communities.