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Tanzanian Prime Minister urges mobile phone providers to go rural

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 1, 2019
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa urged all mobile phone network service providers to extend their network to cover all villages by December 2020.
Tanzanian Prime Minister urges mobile phone
Africa   Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa
He said access to communication network in rural areas is the government's target, which has support from the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF).

"The mobile phone network providers have no option but to work in line with the government in making it a reality," said Majaliwa at an event to mark 10 years of UCSAF services in the country.

The premier said communication was vital in accelerating economic growth towards attaining a middle income economy by 2025.

He said the government had enabled 2,501 villages in the country, with five million people to be reached with communication.

"Let all mobile phone service providers work with the government and ensure the remaining Tanzanians who are not currently reached by communication network enjoy the services by the end of next year," appealed Majaliwa.

He expressed appreciation to UCSAF, saying as it marked 10 years of service, many parts of the country were now accessible to communication network.

Majaliwa asked UCSAF to identify areas with communication network challenges in the country for the government to act immediately.