Regional operator Smart Telecom Company has set out its stall to invest USD300 million over the next five years to expand its telecoms networks and services in its East African markets of Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. In a meeting with journalists this week in Kampala, Smart Telecom group CEO Abdellatif Bouziani confirmed: ‘We are going to spend USD300 million over the next five years to bring the latest technology to expand our telecommunication services especially data network services in Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi … Telecommunication systems are shifting from voice telephone to data, this is where modern telecommunication requires advanced technology and infrastructure to provide high quality services to the general public’.
Having launched a new mobile venture under the Smart Telecom banner in Uganda in March this year, the chief executive notes that the country, and indeed the East African region as a whole, holds enormous potential for telecoms operators, requiring that they continually expand and innovate with new products. Further, he provided an update on the group’s progress, saying: ‘In Uganda, we have 100,000 subscribers, in Tanzania 400,000, and in Burundi 180,000 subscribers. We continue to make our services cheap, more effective and efficient’.