Amotel, a Tanzanian mobile company has been chosen by World Telecom Labs as a partner in a project which aims to provide some of the country’s rural villages with an Internet connection. The initiative will be funded by Universal Communications Service Access Fund.
Bringing an Internet network to the rural areas of African countries is a key challenge for the development of the continent, one of the last pieces in the puzzle to launch it into a new “era” where it will have a leading role. In Africa in fact, a large share of the population lives in small villages or isolated houses deep in the heart of nature, far from the cities. Places where managing to get a connection is complicated but whose inhabitants would benefit greatly from being able to access the Internet.
In Tanzania this issue is greatly felt. Digitalisation in the country is growing rapidly. In the last year one million new users had access to the network, the rate of Internet penetration rose to 15% and that of mobile devices stood at just under 70%. In rural areas however, there is still much work to be done and huge potential to be untapped.
The Amotel and WTL project
World Telecom Labs has chosen Amotel to carry out a project which aims to provide connectivity to villages currently not covered, thanks to the Vivada system. The initiative, at the start, will concentrate on settlements close to Lake Tanganyika and will then be extended to the regions of Kigoma, Njombe and Kilimanjaro. The implementation of this network connection will be funded by Universal Communications Service Access Fund, which last April announced the allocation of 9.6 million dollars for the digitalisation of Tanzania. The creators of the project point out how bringing the Internet to these villages will positively impact the quality of life of the inhabitants and the economic development of the entire area.