1.8bn/- set aside for Chato national communication network

GEITA: THE Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology has allocated approximately 1.8bn/- to connect Chato District to the national communication network.

Deputy Minister for the docket, Engineer Kundo Mathew, announced early this week during his official visit to Chato District to inspect the progress of the project at  Kitela area.

Engineer Mathew stated that the main objective of the project is to enhance Chato’s communication, defense, and security system, allowing more residents and institutions to access services smoothly.

He added that the ministry is working diligently to manage the facilitation and construction of the project within the designated timeframe to fulfill the government’s mission of providing Chato with an advanced network system.

“Let me assure you that Chato will now have secure communication, as communication is an essential part of the economy,” he explained.

In order to improve the management of communication projects, the government has invested 7.28bn/- to purchase 45 specialised vehicles for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the National Communication Network project.

Engineer Mathew stated that the project involves the construction of 758 network towers nationwide to enhance communication services.

He assured Tanzanians that the towers will be completed by May 2025, prior to the commencement of the second phase construction, which will include an additional 636 towers, including 21 specialised towers for broadcasting services.

Theopister Mark, Kagera Regional Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation (TTCL) Manager  stated that the 1.8bn/- provided by the government covers the construction costs of the 56 km network from Bwanga to Chato at the cost 776.76m/-.

Ms Theopister also mentioned that the Chato National Network station will increase government revenue, as current statistics indicate that approximately 101 million US dollars have been generated between 2010 and 2022.

Chato District Commissioner, Mr Deusdedith Katwale, acknowledged that the Chato National Network Station will revolutionize digital services and promote the development of the tourism sector in the district, particularly in the Rubondo and Burigi national parks.

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