Govt: TTCL ensure broadband project accomplished on time 

DAR ES SALAM: The Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology has directed the TTCL Corporation to ensure the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) Phase III Part II project is accomplished on time.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mohamed Khamis Abdulla issued the directive in Dar es Salaam, on Thursday immediately after inspecting procured equipment for the implementation of the project, saying excuses will not be welcomed since the government has done its part.

“We want results… excuses will not be entertained but if there is a challenge(s) do not hesitate to communicate to the Ministry for we are here at your service,” he said.

On the other hand, the PS issued a reminder to both the public and private institutions to store their data at the National Internet Data Centre (NIDC) in Dar es Salaam.

According to him, space for storing their information is available.

Speaking on the implementation status of NICTBB project, TTCL Director General Eng Peter Ulanga said the third phase of the project targets to connect 32 districts of which 23 are under contractor, while TTCL has been tasked to work on the remaining nine places.

According to the DG, the expansion project of the northern and eastern ring is on course from 800Gbps to 2Tbps.

He added the modernisation of NICTBB under the Tanzania-DRC Backbone Project is underway.

To accomplish the task, Eng Ulanga said they have formed a team of project managers who are supervising implementation of the project.

“You’ve got an opportunity to see equipment which will be used during the implementation of this project,” he told the PS.

The DG assured that his management will professionally supervise the implementation of the project and others. If you face challenges in the field, kindly communicate it to be addressed soon,” he said.

The project’s part II of Phase III is expected to be accomplished by the end of next year.

The government of Tanzania is constructing the National Fibre Optic Cable network named as NICTBB with a view to achieve its ICT vision.

The backbone is managed and operated by the TTCL on behalf of the government, through the ministry of Communication Science and Technology (MCST).

The infrastructure will enhance usage of ICT applications for sustainable socio-economic development including implementation of e-government, e-learning, e-health, e-commerce and much more locally and globally.

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