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Tanzania needs to focus ICT on underserved

April 22, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

As Chinese technology giant Huawei starts rolling out mobile services to rural areas in Zambia, Tanzania’s Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa, has asked Tanzania’s mobile operators to roll out mobile communication services to the underserved in rural areas.

Tanzania needs to focus ICT on underserved (image: http://alliyaandmalyia.blogspot.com/

Tanzania needs to focus ICT on underserved (image: http://alliyaandmalyia.blogspot.com/

According to Mbarawa, some progress has been made, but a lot more needs to be done in order to cover everybody with the latest technology.

“We have tried to convince some of the companies and to some extent, we have succeeded in signing a contract with them under which they will be given subsidy to provide services in rural areas

He highlighted the creation of the Universal Communications Access Fund (UCSAF) with the aim to promote universal access to information and technology services, but explained that more needs to happen on this front.

“It is true that our country has set an example in various issues on technology including national Information Communication Technology (ICT) broadband backbone, still education is needed for community members to understand the importance of such technologies,” Mbarawa explained.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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