Govt working to improve communication services in the rural areas

03Apr 2019
Correpondent
ROMBO
The Guardian
Govt working to improve communication services in the rural areas

THE government is working to improve communication services in rural areas and various border posts between Tanzania and neighbouring countries, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, Dr Jim Yonazi has said.

Dr Yonazi made the remarks during his tour at the Tanzania/Kenya border and different places within Rombo district to observe communication status. He was accompanied by experts from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF).

 

“We are still improving our communication services through implementation of different projects including construction of cellular network towers. We are doing all these not only to facilitate communication, but to let Tanzanians participate in the country’s economic growth”, Dr Yoanzi asserted.

 

He noted that UCSAF has been working to improve communication services at rural areas as well as border areas whereby efforts are now directed on improvement of communication services at the Sirali and Tanzania/Mozambique border posts.

 

He said the communication services which UCSAF works to improve include mobile phone services, TV and broadcast services. He said rural dwellers have the right to enjoy better communication services like those in urban areas.

 

“There are still some challenges in some areas due to their geographical location. Cell towers will be constructed at all these areas to ensure every Tanzanian enjoys the services”, he said.

 

Rombo District Administrative Secretary, Abubakar Asenga said the district is among areas with communication challenges. He said the residents can hardly access various radio frequencies calling for UCSAF to make sure radio and television services are improved.

 

UCSAF Chief Executive Officer, Eng Peter Ulanga said they have been providing subsidies to mobile phone companies for improvement of its services in rural areas. He said four projects are being implemented by UCSAF in Romdo district and at border posts to improve radio and television services.

 

Acting Head of the Northern Zone of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Eng Imelda Salum, assured wananchi of good communication and that the authority will make sure residents residing near the border posts enjoys communication services as per the East African Communications Organization (EACO)