Telesis Tanzania taps Alcatel-Lucent to offer affordable 4G LTE services
Telecom Lead Africa: Telesis Tanzania has selected Alcatel-Lucent to offer affordable 4G LTE services.
Telesis operates as a Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA), supporting services for a number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) which serve their customers using Telesis’ infrastructure.
The mobile broadband network will be launched using the digital dividend spectrum available for LTE services. The LTE network offers speeds exceeding 100 megabits per second (Mbps) which is particularly effective when transferring the large amounts of data needed to support bandwidth-intensive services.
“The wireless broadband project allows us to work towards bridging the gap in the digital divide by addressing the key stumbling blocks – access and affordability. Both Alcatel-Lucent and Telesis have been entrusted by the regulator (TCRA) and the Tanzanian Government at large to truly become a game changer, leading the establishment of a business model where collaboration rather than competition will benefit the economy at large,” said Mihayo Wilmore, director and co-founder of Telesis.
Tanzania has over 20 million addressable broadband users, 200,000 registered businesses, and nearly 30,000 educational institutions that all need to be connected.
Daniel Jaeger, vice-president of Alcatel-Lucent in Africa said: “Alcatel-Lucent is committed to developing projects that make Internet and communications technologies a reality for people in areas that are currently underserved, providing new opportunities and driving economic growth. We are proud to be working on this project to deliver our leading 4G LTE solution and help the company provide superior service with even faster speeds.”