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Nokia, Vodacom bring 4G to Tanzanian subscribers


Vodacom Tanzania 4G went live in Dar es Salaam on 11 May 2016. Nokia and Vodacom have once again demonstrated the strong partnership that is linking the two entities in Tanzania since the beginning of mobile telecommunication in the country 16 years ago.
Ian Ferrao, Vodacom TZ GM, says: “A massive investment has been made in the network supplied by Nokia to offer our subscribers the fastest network in Tanzania.”
The Finnish Mobile Broadband specialist is also providing 2G and 3G equipment for Vodacom Tanzania. With the recent acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia is more than ever driving innovation for a connected world. The company has 106.000 employees throughout the world and is weighting €26,6-billion revenue in 2015.
Pete Beadle, Nokia country senior officer, says: “Our company is putting a lot of effort in R&D. Nokia is spending ‎€4,5-billion  per annum. That is equivalent to the GDP of Dar Es Salaam. It is a serious investment done to make sure we will continue leading innovation to expand the human possibilities of the connected world.”
Nokia is present in almost all countries in Africa and is contributing to connecting the continent to the rest of the world. In Tanzania, Nokia is deploying and managing a Vodacom TZ network.
Ferrao comments: “We have partnered with Nokia to roll out the fastest 4G network in Tanzania, with all sites connected to our metropolitan fiber network. All major cities in Tanzania can expect to have Vodacom’s 4G network rolled out in the future and the rest of the country in due course – once spectrum becomes available, we will accelerate our roll-out plans.
“Our vision is to lead Tanzania into the digital age and in order to achieve this we are committed to ensure that we deliver the best 4G services available in the country.”