Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has won a contract worth around TZS9.8 billion (USD6.1 million) to deploy telecoms networks in rural areas under the country’s Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF). The agreement covers 33 underserved wards across the country, according to a report from the Tanzania Daily News. The contract is part of a wider UCSAF programme designed to provide connectivity for more than two million people living in rural areas. UCSAF chief executive officer Eng. Peter Ulanga said at the signing ceremony that it was important for other operators to come forward to take part in bidding for contracts under the fund: ‘The government will soon advertise the second phase tender to provide communication services to the remaining villages, it is important that other service providers be more active in the coming phase.’
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