A senior government official says that the construction of Tanzania’s National Information Communication and Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) should be fully completed by the end of this year. The Citizen Daily newspaper writes that the backbone, the terrestrial portion of the fibre-optic submarine cable system that landed in Dar es Salaam last year, will hopefully increase broadband uptake and reduce internet tariffs in the Tanzanian hinterland and beyond. The NICTBB project was launched in 2008 and is expected to cost about TZS251 billion (USD172.7 million) when it is finished. Phase 1 went live in July 2010 and covers the northern ring of the network with ten Points of Presence (PoP) which include Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Singida, Iringa, Babati, Arusha, Namanga, Moshi and Tanga. Phase 2 of the rollout is expected to be completed by December 2011 and will provide operational PoPs at Lindi, Mtwara, Tunduru, Songea, Sumbawanga, Tabora, Kigoma and Manyovu.