Cape Times

Cellular reach tipped to jump


CELLPHONE subscripti­ons in Tanzania were expected to jump by almost a fifth within the next two years as telecoms companies expanded into the country’s rural areas, the Tanzania Communicat­ions Regulatory Authority said. The east African nation is offering incentives to investors willing to extend services to non-urban population­s as it seeks to achieve at least 75 percent coverage by 2017, Ally Simba, the directorge­neral of the authority, said on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam. That should help the number of subscriber­s grow to 40 million from 34 million in June, he said. Tanzanian carriers are becoming the country’s leading internetse­rvice providers. – Bloomberg

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