Communications minister reaffirms Tanzania ICT hub plan

19 Mar 2012

Tanzania’s Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa, has reaffirmed plans to establish the country as an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hub in the region by improving its international and domestic connectivity. Speaking at an international meeting between Tanzania and Malawi to discuss broadband fibre connectivity, Mbarawa said the government is working on a number of projects, including expansion of the national backbone, the deployment of more landing points for submarine cables, and other pro-ICT and human resource-related policies. The moves, the minister said, form a core part of the state’s plan to connect all regions and districts of Tanzania so that they have good access to the 10,000km national and regional broadband infrastructure, as well as to international cables. Prof Mbarawa added that Tanzania’s National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) already connected to two major submarine cables, SEACOM (July, 2009) and EASSY (April, 2010), thereby extending connectivity to neighbouring countries.