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The Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel has entered the Tanzanian market, launching broadband internet and mobile services in the country.
Over the last year it has been building the necessary infrastructure, laying down 18,000km of cables.
The infrastructure covers both urban and rural areas and means that 81% of Tanzanians now live in areas that have internet connectivity.
The rollout includes 1,500 villages that did not have access to the internet previously.
Viettel has said it hopes the internet and mobile rollout will help empower Tanzanians, saying: “Our entry into Tanzania reflects our belief that when telecommunications services are accessible to everyone, and become a part of everyday life, they can be a driving force contributing to socio-economic development for the country as a whole.”
This is not Viettel’s first entry in the African continent. Earlier this year it also launched mobile and internet services in Burundi, Cameroon and Mozambique.