Airtel inaugurates solar-powered towers

Airtel Tanzania has launched solar powered technology, striking a significant milestone in its endeavour to build a ‘green’ environment friendly mobile network in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the solar powered site in Kimande Village situated in Itunungu ward, Iringa Region, the company’s Public Relations Manager Jackson Mmbando said that the project aims to  reduce the number of sites that are completely reliant on diesel generators.
“We are exploring alternative forms of power supply, with the aim of overcoming power energy challenges especially in rural areas and increase efficiency”, he said.He said that beside the environmental cost, high diesel prices have had a huge impact in the company’s operations.

“With the use of renewable energy our customers in rural Tanzania are guaranteed quality services. And today we are happy to add Kimande into our list of areas powered by solar technology, making it the fourth site in rural Iringa Region,” he said. 

He said the plan also seeks to promote the usage of renewable energy and that the move will see provision of services to previously under-served region.

He added: “Airtel network has transformed various businesses models in Kimande and facilitate market for rice agriculture and other economic activities. 

Now residents of Kimande can easily access the financial services through Airtel money service at low costs in a reliable and secured system. We believe the solar power installation will ultimately lead to competitive and affordable call rate to the end user.”

He said the company has big plans to use not only solar technology but also other sources of energies such as wind across the country depending on the geographical characteristics of an area.He said some sites that are solar powered include those in Tanga, Rukwa, Kigoma, Lindi, Dodoma, and Kagera Region.

“Today Airtel is the only service provider in more than 50 towns and villages which makes it a coverage leader offering affordable services across the country”.

On his part, Kimande Village Chairman, Mr  Andason Mpululu, applauded Airtel for extending mobile communication service in the area and be part of community development.

“Now with availability of Airtel mobile services we can speak and conduct businesses in the comfort of our homes. On top, security for our people and their property is now guaranteed, economic and social activities have significant improved”, he said, adding:

“We are very grateful to our government under the Ministry of Communication to open up for investors in telecommunications sector in the country.”

Itunungu resident, Mr Jumanne Zuberi  was vividly overjoyed: “We were faced with so many challenges before the commencement of telecommunications services in Kimande, as we had to walk several miles to get connected to the network.”
Source: The Daily News, 
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