Habari Node reserves 1.5 billion/- to deploy its low-cost internet


Habari Node Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Erik Rowberg said over the weekend that his company would invest £1.5 billion in fiber infrastructure deployment over the next three years. with the aim of expanding its presence in emerging business regions to support business growth.

Rowberg unveiled the expansion plan during the official inauguration of the new headquarters in Arusha, located at House No. 15 on Nyerere Road, Mahakama Street, just opposite the Kibo Palace Hotel.

“Hard fiber infrastructure would be installed in Dodoma, Dar Es Salaam, Iringa, Mbeya and Geita from 2022 to 2024 to adequately support broadband competition, rural coverage and wireless densification,” it said. he noted.

“Fiber is the most powerful and efficient way to support broadband competition, rural coverage and wireless densification,” says Rowberg.

In northern Tanzania, for example, Habari Node provides internet services not only to entrepreneurs in and around central business districts, but also to national parks in Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara and Serengeti, Karatu and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

No wonder Arusha tops the number of internet-connected businesses in the country, as the new report shows that the safari capital’s penetration rate has been phenomenal; thanks to the savvy business community.

The Building Bridges, a survey project implemented by Trias Tanzania, indicates that more than 78% of business entities in Arusha are connected to the internet, compared to 59% in other regions, including the commercial city of Dar Es Hello.

Officiating at the launch of the office, Arusha Regional Commissioner John Mongela praised Habari Node not only for promoting internet and IT services in its territory but also for creating decent jobs for the young generation techie.

“I am very grateful to Habari Node because its business model is inclusive. It provides reliable internet and IT services to our business and diplomatic communities here in Arusha and beyond. But even more interestingly, the company gives back to the community through its unique corporate social responsibility,” Mongela said.

Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) CEO Sirili Akko praised the company for being at the forefront to better serve the tourism industry, which by its very nature cannot thrive without Internet.

Analysts say the way business is conducted in the digital age has changed due to the high number of people connected to the internet.

Advances in communication and information technology have further enhanced the role of the Internet in business.

Internet is widely used in organizations to market and promote products and services.

The internet is also used to provide customer support, share information, train employees, and catapult other economic activities such as tourism, among others.

Habari Node Managing Director Kabaza Runyeta explains that her company offers internet, IP bandwidth – over fiber, microwave links, IP VPN and MPLS circuits.

The company also registers .tz and international domains; hosts web and cloud services such as backup and recovery, storage and virtualization; and deals with software development; off-the-shelf commercial software for payroll, human resource management and custom software built and tailored to the client’s needs.

It also covers system integration, structured cabling installation, server configuration (open source), network setup and configuration (WAN and LAN – wireless and fiber optic), hardware, collocation (tower space and data center services), provision of network equipment, users of value added services and support IT Services and IT Consultancy.

Habari Node gives back to the community its corporate social responsibility with a human face, which makes it unique among its peers.

“Since the company was founded, we have offered internships and field positions to 1,450 local students pursuing a degree in computer science. These students were professionally trained and we are proud that they have been good ambassadors elsewhere,” says Runyeta.

The company also spends $40 million annually to provide free or subsidized internet access to Arusha-based schools and Selian Hospices facilities through a non-governmental organization called Arusha Node Marie.

Habari Node Public Limited (Habari Node) is an internet service provider headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania, which provides standard internet services and a range of other ICT-based business solutions.

The company was jointly founded in 2010 by Afam (T) Limited and Arusha Node Marie to take over the Internet services business of Arusha Node Marie, which has been in operation since 1994.

Habari Node changed from a limited liability company to a public limited company in April 2017.

It is incorporated in Tanzania with certificate number 75466 and licensed by the Communications Regulatory Authority of Tanzania as an Internet Service Provider.

It is also accredited by the Tanzania Network Information Center (tzNIC) to offer .tz domain registry services. Habari Node is a member of Tanzania Internet Service Provider (TISPA) and currently hosts Arusha Internet Exchange Point (AIXP) on behalf of other Arusha Internet Service Providers.


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