Halotel plans to inject over Tshs200 billion (US $100 million) as part of its plan to improve its services across the country.
Key implementation area for the year 2017 is setting up additional 1000 Base Transmission Stations (BTS) across the country.
With this latest development, Halotel is set to be ahead of other telecommunications companies in Tanzania, having already been able to cover up to 95% population with its mobile services.
Speaking during a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Halotel Deputy MD Le Van Dai, noted that these improvements are meant to upgrade communication services especially the quality and speed of internet among customers as well as lowering the costs.
“In an effort to continue supporting the government initiatives to improve communication services across the country, our company has planned to make use of over Tsh200 billion in 2017. That amount will be used to improve our services in various parts of the country with data being a priority. So far we are the first telecommunication company in the country to invest such huge amount of money to make sure Tanzanians get reliable services,” said Mr Dai
Mr Dai explained that the implementation of this plan aims at lowering communications costs especially data services to customers.
“We have heard Tanzanians’ long cry over the irregular increasing of communications’ prices which affect into their daily lives. These improvements are meant to provide customers with more bundles at reasonable costs which are relevant to their needs,” he said.
“We are aware that the development in information and communication technologies has impacted people’s way of life in social and economic aspects. The telecommunication sector is playing a significant role in facilitating dissemination of information, such as social media networks which, are the fastest and easiest means of reaching a wider population. Hence, the upgrades of internet services will continue to keep Tanzanians connected to each other while enjoying huge bundles at a reasonable price with the best quality,” he added.
“We have dedicated our resources to improve our infrastructures, we have built more than 20,000 kilometers of optic fiber and more than 4,200 of Base Transmission Stations (BTS), we have brought the broadband mobile service to 3,000 villages which had not been connected before”.
He further added: “That is the first step in the process popularizing telecommunications in Tanzania. We also plan to deploy a lot of BTS in 1,000 villages that did not have telecommunication service before. At the end of the day, our aim is to go the extra miles by making our services better and affordable.”
He added saying that: “To cope with current situation facing most people, we have improved our data bundles that will see our customer enjoy up to 200 MBs for 499 Tshs only. And that is more than what is offered by other operators in the market for over 100%. For only Tshs 1,000 a customer can get 450 MBs and many more packages in it. Therefore, I would like to urge Tanzanians to keep on joining to Halotel and continue enjoying the unbeatable offers at affordable prices.”
Halotel, launched on October 15, 2015, is the brand name of Viettel Tanzania, a member of Viettel Group of of Vietnam with nearly US $11 billion revenue in 2016. Apart from Vietnam, Viettel has invested in telecoms sectors in 10 countries across 3 continents, including; Cambodia, Laos, Timor Leste, Myanma for Asia Mozambique, Cameroon, Burundi, Tanzania for Africa and Haiti, Peru for America.
With a total value investment of US $1 billion dollars, after constructing and installing network infrastructure in just one year, Halotel’s operations in Tanzania has already expanded services to all 26 regions in the country across rural and urban areas.