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The new development also makes Tanzania more capable of ?exporting? the cable?s capabilities to neighbouring countries like Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

According to TTCL?s Chief of Sales and Marketing Officer, Mr Peter Ngota, the network will not only trigger the entrepreneurial spirit of Tanzanians wherever they are, but would also position the operator to support the national growth agenda and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Mr Ngota said the development comes at an opportune time of the recent 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2015), which put ICT at the centre of unlocking young people?s entrepreneurial spirit.

?We know that fast and reliable broadband is essential to develop our next generation of business leaders in the digital economy. No matter where they are we will provide broadband connectivity using all suitable technologies.

This positions TTCL to support the national growth agenda for Tanzania and MDGs,? he said. He said that both the company that has been chosen to provide satellite services ? Avanti and TTCL share the same commitment to quality, and together, they would help entrepreneurs grow allowing the country to reach its full digital potential from today.

Mr Ngota said the exciting new digital capabilities of 100 per cent national broadband coverage would bring new high speed satellite broadband service, giving homes and businesses the opportunity to enjoy a broadband connection to the internet of up to 15Mb speeds.

He thus noted that the launch of these services would also help a growing number of young people play a part in the global digital economy.

?This new generation of digital entrepreneurs can develop their ideas and collaborate with others to build their online businesses from even the most remote locations of Tanzania,? he said. TTCL has designed its tariffs to suit the needs of the most demanding of individuals or businesses.

The telecom chose Avanti Communications to provide satellite- based broadband to its customers across the country. Avanti Communications? Chief Operating Officer, Mr Matthew O?Connor said they were happy that TTCL had chosen the firm to provide satellite-based broadband to its customers in the country.

?The digital development of a modern economy needs full national coverage with modern broadband to prevent the emergence of a digital divide. TTCL are in the forefront of companies delivering broadband to all areas for the benefit of as many homes, businesses and entrepreneurs, as possible,? he said.

TTCL is the experienced and largest fixed line telecommunications company providing voice and highly focused on corporate, SME and enterprise solutions.

It also provides voice and data communication services to over 300,000 business and residential customers in Tanzania.

The company also provides network services to other licensed telecom operators. Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum that cover an end market of over 1.5 billion people.

The group has invested 1.2 billion US dollars in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring. It has three satellites in orbit and a further two fully funded satellites under construction.

By ORTON KIISHWEKO, Tanzania Daily News

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