Vodacom Congo, the largest mobile provider in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with 32.4% subscriber market share at end-June 2014, has been in talks with the country’s local communities to discuss plans to improve network coverage, as reported by Biztech Africa. The operator plans to install antennas in rural areas of Great Kasai initially in order to expand its 3G network which, as at September 2014, only covered the country’s two largest cities, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. Vodacom media relations officer Roliane Yulu commented: ‘Bearing in mind that communication is not a privilege but a right that must be accessible to everyone, we have put in place a national project of rural coverage that is targeting all the vulnerable communities living in remoteness and have a low purchasing power, and have been victims of insecurity.’
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