Vodacom Tanzania connects to National ICT Backbone


Rene Meza, Vodacom Tanzania MD at a past event.
Rene Meza, Vodacom Tanzania MD at a past event.

Vodacom Tanzania subscribers can now enjoy faster data speeds following the company’scontinued investment inits 3Gnetworks and connection to the National Information CommunicationTechnology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB).

According to Vodacom Tanzania’s MD Rene Meza, the company connected its northern  optic fibre ringi.e. Dar-Arusha- Dodoma to the NICTBB in November.  Vodacom customers in these areas today continue to enjoy seamless communication as well as improved data speeds on Vodacom’s 3G network.  Vodacom has invested over Tsh 800 million in the NITCBB project, says Meza.

He goes on to say that, “The move has already yielded tremendous results with Vodacom subscribers in Morogoro, Tanga, Moshi, Arusha, Babati, Singida, Dodoma and Iringa subscribing to our various internet bundles such as SupaCheka by the day.

Connection to the NICTBB coupled with our investment in 3 G will allow our customers to enjoy even faster data speeds compared to what they had in the past.  Our corporate clients who have a presence in the regions and  rely on us for data services are now able to have easier access to  their branches and subsidiaries through a more reliable  Wimax experience .

Wimax is one of the technologies which we deploy in the market to enable internet and data connectivity to our corporate clients, says Meza.

Vodacom’s  move to connect to the NICTBB  has also boosted efficiencies in data transmission from Mwanza and Mbeya  which are  also linked  through Dodoma and are therefore, connected to the NICTBB  through Dodoma which is the point of intersection for most of Vodacom’s  traffic in the country.

Meza says Vodacom fully supports  government efforts  to ensure that  as many Tanzanians as possible have improved  access to ICT services.  Connecting to Dar – Arusha – Dodoma  NICTBBring which has a capacity of 622 Megabits Per Second (Mbps) is a clear indication of our support, he says.

Phase two of the connection to the NICTBB  project  will  see  the closing of the  Dodoma-Mwanza-Mbeya ring  as well as   the Dodoma-Mbeya-Dar  one. This is expected to start in April 2013.

Vodacom’s information highway is modeled along all the Tanzanian Highway Road Network i.e  the Northern corridor, Western  and southern rings and  is geared towards ensuring that all the major towns and cities in the countries  have access to ICT services.


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