Universal Communication Services Access Fund (UCSAF) Chief Operating Officer, Engineer Albert Richard said in Mwanza last week after visiting Sengerema district’s Airtel implementation of extending mobile communication services to rural areas that Airtel is doing a commendable job.
Eng Richard said that the government has been in the forefront in making sure that telecommunication companies extend their services to most part of the country and especially in rural areas.
“Government has been using a lot of efforts to make sure that most parts of our country and priority being rural areas are covered by communication services. I’m happy that Airtel Tanzania has been very supportive and this communication tower we have visited here today is an example of that,” Eng Richard said.
“I have learned that the communication tower can serve the entire district of Sengerema through Airtel network,” the UCSAF COO who was accompanied by some board members to inaugurate the new tower, added.
The government through UCSAF has been working with some mobile phone service companies including Airtel to extend their communication towers to rural areas which have been sidelined for many years.
“When the public are assured of affordable communication services gives them time to perform other economic activities freely. I understand that most of you here are farmers, from now it is easy to get the market of your produce through your mobile phones as you are assured of affordable network,” he pointed out.
Eng Richard further noted that for Sengerema residents, sending and receiving money through Airtel Money is now possible but also that with access to mobile phone services, the farmers will also get the price of their commodities through their mobile handsets.
Briefing the UCSAF board members, Airtel Tanzania’s Manager for Lake Zone James Moilo said construction of the tower was one of the company’s initiatives in implementing government through UCSAF’s plans to provide communication services to all Tanzanians and especially those living in rural areas.
“Our vision is to continue expanding our network by launching more communications towers aimed at making sure we cover most parts of the country. Airtel has been in forefront in making sure that quality communication services are available in remote areas and by doing so we believe we will be supporting Tanzanians living within the areas to improve their daily economic activities including agriculture, fishing and business,” said Moilo.
‘We do this putting in mind that economic activities like agriculture, fishing, mining and business are the main economic activities within the areas hence by connecting them through Airtel network we enable them improve their living standards,” he added.