As part of the telecom’s efforts to digital learning and boost access to information, Airtel Africa has declared plan to connect 3,000 secondary schools in the country with high speed 5G’s data network.
Airtel Africa plc, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Olusegun Ogunsanya said that company also plans to create smart classrooms in at least one hundred schools across the country.
“We share President Samia [Suluhu Hassan] sentiment in providing quality and equitable education services, we also commend President Samia direction in building more school and classrooms for children in Tanzania,” said Mr Ogunsanya during the launch of Airtel 2Africa submarine cable and 5G mobile network at Mbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam.
Equally, he said the company commits to provide free server access to Tanzania Institute of Adult Education (IAE) curriculum which has been digitized for secondary schools to allow easy access to digital education.
Mr Ogunsanya also commended the Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology through Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) for removing mobile levy on electronic transfer and airtime levy.
Speaking on the Airtel 2Africa submarine cable, he said; “Tanzania’s potential in the region is very bright it can become digital hub … your leadership (President Samia) provide sun environment climate and also a good sector licensing framework thanks to the Information, Communication and Information Technology minister and his team,” he said.
According to him, 2Africa submarine cable is one of the largest submarines in the world, interconnecting Europe, Africa, and the Middle East with 46 landing and 36 countries.
“We are the landing partners in five of those 36 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, DRC, Congo Brazzaville…the2Africa cable has a length of more than 45 kilometers, I believe is the longest in the world,” he said.
“With your President Samia continuity support we intend to make Tanzania a destination for digital investment …we see an opportunity to bring Tanzania closer to the world and bring the world closer to Tanzania,” he said.