TCRA unveils opportunities for ICT innovators

THE government has assured Information Communication Technologies (ICT) innovators in the country of availability of abundant valuable communication resources that will be offered to them free of charge.

Addressing highly attended Tanzania Annual ICT Conference (TAIC) in Zanzibar on Thursday, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Director General Dr Jabiri Bakari said one of the key roles of the authority is to promote the use of ICT and enable new communication services focus on improving living standards of the people. The conference attracted at least 800 participants.

Dr Bakari said previously, innovators and other incubators had to pay substantial amounts of money to TCRA, to get the valuable resources of Frequency Spectrum, Numbering Resources and short codes plus Dot Tz Domain Name Resources for local network connectivity.

He said as part of the strategy to support innovators to come up with new ICT solutions that would directly benefit communities in the country, the government now offers resources free of charge to Start Ups and incubators for a period of three months.

He added that three month testing period could be extended, provided the ICT solution-testing projects have been approved by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) as viable and promising.

The TCRA DG, who was among the panelist in a conference that was attended by both local and international ICT professionals, researchers, academicians from private and public sectors, said that TCRA is also enabler of the communication sector, creating a level playing field among service providers for a harmonised sectoral performance.

Dr Bakari told thousands of the delegates who attended the conference that statistics that TCRA released on sectoral performance have revealed tremendous improvement and promising growth in the communication sector with very positive trend in economic development of the country.

The TCRA Chief said most of sections in the communication sector realised progress like Mobile phone Network Providers (MNOs) who recorded growth in the number of SIM Cards registered from 56.2 million in June 2022 to over 58 million by September 2022.

Dr Jabiri said TCRA recently successfully concluded auctioning of high value Frequency Spectrum Resources to service providers who will be able to open more opportunities for communication services in the country and enable the deployment of 5G.

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