Nape tasks experts to tackle communication hitches

Communication related hitches could soon become a thing of the past if the government’s laid down plans are anything to go by.

Information, Communication and Information Technology Minister, Nape Nnauye reaffirmed on Wednesday that the government was keen on resolving such challenges in the near future.

Mr Nape, who was opening his ministerial retreat, challenged ICT and communication experts to address such challenges, sooner than later.

“Tanzanians deserve quality services as far as communication is concerned, let’s get out of comfort zones and resolve the hiccups,” the minister directed.

According to Mr Nape, the challenges vary from poor network connectivity to unfriendly tech tariffs.

The minister said he was aware of complaints from mobile phone users over the high charges they were subjected to for telecommunication services.

“We need to strive to address these challenges so that Tanzanians enjoy communication services,” he insisted.

Mr Nape noted that it was the government’s desire to see the number of communication related services increasing by the day.

According to DataReportal, an online reference library, there were 15.60 million internet users in Tanzania in January 2022.

Likewise, data from GSMA Intelligence shows that there were 53.81 million cellular mobile connections in Tanzania at the start of 2022.

GSMA Intelligence’s numbers indicate that mobile connections in Tanzania were equivalent to 86.2 percent of the total population in January 2022 while the number of mobile connections in Tanzania increased by 3.0 million between 2021 and 2022.

In the same vein, Mr Nape challenged the staff of agencies and institutions falling under his docket to use the retreat to take stock of where the industry came from and where it was heading.

“This will give us an opportunity to evaluate our performance as we aim to do even better in the future,” he observed.

Earlier on, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Mohamed Khamis Abdulla challenged heads of institutions and agencies to instill discipline and work ethic with a view of improving efficiency of their work stations.

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