Vodacom to invest $100m in rural Tanzania

Operator aims to increase subscriber base of M-Pesa by 25% by the end of 2015
$100m, 4G, Investment, Operators, Rural, Tanzania, Telecommunications, Telecoms, Vodacom

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Vodacom Tanzania will invest $100 million in its mobile network expansion this year, according to Georgia Mutagahywa, head of corporate affairs at Vodacom Tanzania.

According to the company, the rural population is where growth will come from in the next decade, suggesting this is where the investment will be targeted. Mutagahywa added that the operator also hopes to increase the subscriber base of its mobile money service M-Pesa by 25% by the end of 2015.

With regard to 4G services, Mutagahywa said: “Rollout will commence once Vodacom acquires spectrum. We are modernising our core and transport network in preparation for full LTE services in readiness for spectrum availability.”

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