Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL), in a continued partnership with service provider Telecom Italia Sparkle (TI Sparkle), aims to expand Internet Protocol Point of Presence (IP-PoP) in southern and eastern areas of Africa to offer faster and more reliable connections, as reported by the Daily News. The IP-PoP service was initiated between the two companies in June 2014 with intent to improve internet connections in the African regions and, according to the Tanzanian fixed line operator’s chief marketing officer Peter Ngota, the service has already been expanded to mobile operators in Uganda and Malawi and ‘wholesale customers, regional operators [and] internet service providers [should utilise] opportunities provided by IP-PoP to transform their business operation.’
Tanzania’s international links have already been vastly strengthened by the Tanzanian government-constructed National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB), which currently connects at nine border points to countries including Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The NICTBB also acts as the terrestrial continuation of the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) and SEACOM international undersea links.
TI Sparkle claims the latest IP-PoP expansion ‘will provide new cost effective…secure, fully protected global IP connectivity solutions to telecom operators [and] service providers that are connected to Dar es Salaam through major international submarine and terrestrial cable systems.’