Vodacom’s Tanzanian unit has won a tender to provide telecoms services to rural and underserved areas of the country, as one of the so-called ‘Communications Service Providers’ (CSPs) being set up by the government. According to Vodacom Tanzania managing director, Rene Meza, the CSP contract covers the supply of telecoms services to 466 villages in 73 wards, covering approximately one million people. The tender was issued under the auspices of Tanzania’s Universal Communication Services Access Fund (UCSAF) as part of the ‘Tanzania Communications Infrastructure and e-Government Project (RCIP Tanzania)’, which is being funded by the International Development Association. It is understood that in total, the UCSAF is issuing tenders to cellular operators, targeting coverage of around 1.6 million Tanzanians in 152 administrative wards.
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