National fixed line PTO Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has announced investment of USD6 million to upgrade telecoms equipment in 202 villages across the country to improve communications services. The telco’s plan will benefit some 300,000 or so inhabitants in 16 regions including Arusha, Tabora, Iringa, Kagera, Manyara, Dodoma, Lindi, Mbeya, Morogoro and Mtwara. Other regions earmarked for future development include Mwanza, Pwani, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Singida and Tanga. The operator’s investment is part of a wider agreement inked with the Universal Communication Services Access Fund (UCSAF), an institution created in 2006 by the government to ensure the availability of communication services in rural and urban underserved areas. Confirming the upgrade, TTCL chief executive Kamugisha Kazaura said: ‘Our aim is to make sure that every constituency and village that was lacking telecommunication for a long time, to have that access,’ noting that ‘Most of the areas where the project is expected to be carried out are underdeveloped.’
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