Dar es Salaam looks to reduce ICT costs

9 Jun 2009

The government of Tanzania is proposing a new set of pricing mechanisms designed to reduce the cost of information and communications technology (ICT) services in the country. The Director General of the state regulator the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Prof. John Nkoma, is quoted as saying: ‘While the main goal is to provide ICT access to all, we should be cognisant of the fact that many people who are within coverage areas of ICT are still not served because of the high costs of services’. Although Tanzania has experienced strong growth in ICT take-up – eg cellular penetration now stands at over 33% with more than 13 million active and internet utilisation has increased to about 5% of the population – Nkoma says more needs to be done to reach underserved areas to ensure equitable access to ICT.