SeaCom fibre-optic technology boosts TTCL's prospects Friday, 07 August 2009 08:54 | Written by Administrator | DANIEL SEMBERYA THE provision of telecommunication services by the biggest telecoms firm in Tanzania, Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL), has improved tremendously almost overnight after the company hooked up to new technology provided by SeaCom, Africa's new fibre-optic system. The new fibre-optic technology has reportedly brought about considerable efficiency in the service provision by the company, currently. In that regard, TTCL customers have already started reaping the gains that are associated with the new technology. For starters, Internet connections and land-line telephones are already proving to be the best options over wired ones. In fact, the quality and speed of Internet connectivity has already gone up four times as a result! Until this week, TTCL was the only company among the service providers in Tanzania that was connected to the new technology. The other service providers were still hesitating to team up with SeaCom for one reason or another. In the event, observers are already calling upon members of the local business community and individuals to take full advantage of the new technologythrough the services being provided by TTCL. The company's chief executive officer, Said Said, was quoted this week as conceding that "the arrival of the new technology would not completely replace the satellite technology, since the mobile phone companies would still need to utilise their old towers that were connected to satellite. The acting director of information technology (ICT) at the ministry of Communications, Science & Technology, Manyiri Isaac, said "the cost of services to end-users might not go down promptly, since the service-providing companies were still having contracts with satellite service providers". Tabling his ministry's budget in the just-ended 16th parliamentary session, the minister responsible for communications, science and technology, Prof. Peter Msolwa, said the Government was aiming at making Tanzania the hub of ICT infrastructure and services, nationally, regionally and internationally. He said the Government had already agreed with the Protocol of the New Partnership for African Development (NePAD) whereby the Government of Tanzania would work in partnership with the African Union (AU), SADC and EAC to construct an undersea fibre-optic cable known as the Uhuru-Net and Umoja Net, a land cable system.