TZ emulates Rwanda to launch 4G LTE internet technology

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Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd (TTCL) has been given a go ahead by the country’s communications regulatory body to launch a 4th Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) internet service in the country.

TTCL, the oldest telecommunications operator company in the country has invested $40 million into the transformational project, company CEO Dr Kamugisha Kazaura told Afrika Reporter Wednesday.

He said the government has approved to shift from Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) by launching Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) service portfolio, the world’s largest used mobile network partly to accommodate the 4GLTE.

“We expect to launch the new technology this December,” he said.

The new technology rollout later this year is expected to cost the country’s telecommunications company about $72 million.

Kazaura revealed the company has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) With a Chinese telecommunication equipment company –Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd to supply the required telecom equipment.

4G LTE is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. TTCL maintains that its prime target would be to improve data for both fixed and mobile convergences.

Tanzania’s follows in Rwanda’s footsteps in introducing 4G LTE. Rwanda launched the high speed internet technology at the end of 2014 and the country has set yet another ambitious target to have all communities countrywide have access to 4G LTE Internet by the end of 2017.

The program was launched in Rwanda under a private-public partnership deal by the government and Korea Telecom.

The 4G LTE high speed internet program has since faced hurdles in Rwanda as service providers complain the costs are unaffordable and clients say the service was not economically viable for small and medium-size enterprises but the ministry of Youth and Information Communication Technology (ICT), now says that there has been a relative improvement in its use.

Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Minister for Youth and ICT said in May, within the next three years 4 G LTE will be relatively affordable compared to today, and as a result all users with internet gadgets will be able to access 4G LTE Internet easily.