Mobile phone users in Africa have increased tremendously, hitting the 900 million mark in the first quarter of 2015.
Tanzanians have another reason to jubilate before they welcome a new president to replace Jakaya Kikwete after October 25.

This follows the announcement by mobile and internet services provider Viettel that it will ‘provide’ every Tanzanian with a mobile phone, and competitively-priced 2G and 3G services across the country.

“Viettel’s vision is to provide every Tanzanian with a mobile phone and bring communication and information technology to every corner of life of the country. Our entry into Tanzania reflects our belief that when telecommunications services are accessible to everyone, and become a part of everyday life, they can be a driving force contributing to socio-economic development for the country as a whole” Nguyen Manh Hung, General Director of Viettel Group, said at the launch of the Halotel brand name.

The launch in Tanzania reflects Viettel’s expansion in its tenth market and into the second biggest economy in East Africa, following the rollout of services in Burundi and Cameroon through Lumitel and Nexttel earlier this year, and in Mozambique through Movitel in 2014. According to the Viettel, through an initial investment of US$736 million, the company has managed to cover 1500 villages in 26 provinces in the country, and to create over 22,000 direct and indirect jobs.

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Viettel also says it has provided optical cable to 150 committees, 150 public hospitals, 150 police stations and 65 post offices within the first half of the year, and that the company will also provide free internet connectivity to 450 public schools over the next three years.

‘With a strong infrastructure comprising 18,000 km of optical cable and more than 3,000 base transceivers, Viettel’s services can cover up to 81% Tanzania’s population. 1,500 villages are now connected for the first time,’ Viettel says in a release offered on its behalf by the Africa Press Organisation, (APO).