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Viettel invests N146.61trn on infrastructure in Tanzanian


Viettel Global Investment has made an initial venture of USD 736 million, about N146.61 trillion constructing and installing network infrastructure in Tanzania in one year, ITRealms reports.

Viettel’s operations have enabled services to all 26 provinces in the country across rural and urban areas while creating more than 2,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs. 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 per cent Tanzania’s population. 1,500 villages are now connected for the first time. 

Viettel, October 15, announced the launch of mobile and internet services in Tanzania, under the brand name of Halotel. The launch reflects Viettel’s expansion in its tenth market, and to the second biggest economy in East Africa, ITRealms learnt.

Beside 2G services, Viettel’s offerings in this market will bring competitively-priced 3G connectivity to the most remote areas of the country, empowering not just urban but rural areas through connectivity, and offering mobile services as a basic commodity.

 In a press release issued by African Press Organization (APO) on behalf of Viettel, the General Director, Viettel Group, Nguyen Manh Hung, said “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” ITRealms learnt.

Viettel, ITRealms also informs, is placed among the top 15 telecom companies in terms of cellular connections (ranked by GSMA’s Wireless Intelligence). At the end of 2014, Viettel is providing services in 10 countries across Asia, Africa and America with 260 million population and 75 million customers, bringing the total revenue of US$9.8 billion and US$2 billion profit in 2014. 

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