President Samia: Tanzania hub of ICT

President Samia: Tanzania hub of ICT

President Samia Suluhu Hassan has said Tanzania is now the hub of Information Communications Technology (ICT) as the country is keen to increase its fiber optic interconnections with neighboring landlocked countries.

So far, according to the Head of State, a feasibility study to connect Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the extension plan of the national fiber optic network (NICTBB) through Lake Tanganyika is completed and the two-year project is expected to kick off next year.

Launching the Raddy Fiber Manufacturing plant owned by Tanzanian investor Ramadhan Mlanzi at Vikindu, Mkuranga in Coast Region Friday, Her Excellency said Tanzania has already connected with neighbouring landlocked countries, thanks to the country’s geographical location.

“Through national fiber optic network, Tanzania has been connected to other parts of the world; the country has interconnected neighboring landlocked countries.

“God blessed us by giving us the sea and we use it [the sea] to install fiber optic and connect those who are not lucky enough to have the sea. Again, Tanzania has become the hub of communications,” she insisted.

Tanzania has injected a total of 670bn/- in the NICTBB project which started in 2009.  A part of the fund was also used to set up the National Internet Data Center (NIDC).

The mega project, NICTBB, has been accomplished by 75 per cent.

On the newly launched fiber industry, the President congratulated the Raddy Fiber Manufacturing plant owner, Mlanzi by investing in the strategic project which is in line the State’s five year development plan (2020-2025).

According to the President, CRDB Bank has approved a loan totaling 22bn/- for Raddy Fiber Manufacturing project and a total of 4.6bn/- has been spent in the first phase.

Raddy Fiber Manufacturing has been contracted to connect 185 districts through fiber optic. 

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