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Halotel Expanding Coverage to 1,800 Villages

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Tanzania's newish mobile network operator, Viettel (which trades as Halotel) has outlined plans to expand its network into 1,800 villages by the end of this October.

The plans were announced by the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa. He was responding to questions in Parliament as to why the universal access fund had been seen to fail in delivering rural phone coverage.

Prof Mbarawa said that the mobile networks had been reluctant to expand their coverage, but that a deal had been struck with Halotel to provide service in far-off villages.

"Halotel has agreed to extend services to these areas by putting up communication towers in 1,800 villages between May and October, this year.

"I assure lawmakers whose constituencies lack the service not to worry since Halotel will virtually cover all villages in the country," the minister added.

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