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Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Broadband Project Impresses Malawi

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    BY HASINA MJINGO, 18 MARCH
    2012
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    TANZANIA has experienced a
    tremendous revolution in the
    communication sector, a
    situation that has led to a rapid
    growth in the use of
    Information and Communication
    Technology (ICT) over the past
    decade.
    This was said on Saturday by
    the Minister for Communication,
    Science and Technology, Prof.
    Makame Mbarawa, at a meeting
    in Dar es Salaam on the
    International Broadband Fibre
    connectivity between Tanzania
    and Malawi.
    The minister said that the
    communication improvement
    was prompted by the fast
    changing technology in the
    global ICT industry.
    He cited the rapid changes in the
    mobile telephone technology as
    one of the biggest growths in
    the ICT industry. "With a limited
    ICT backbone infrastructure,
    mobile telephony has always
    been a technology of choice to
    both users and network
    operators."
    He added that it has resulted in
    an increase of mobile phone
    users from less than 100,000 in
    the late 1990s to about 20
    million in December 2010, which
    translates to around 50 per cent
    teledensity. This contributed
    about 25 per cent to the
    national GDP in 2009/2010
    financial year. The minister was
    elaborating on the success to
    Malawi's Minister for
    Information and Civil Education,
    Mrs Patricia Kaliati.
    The Malawi delegation envisages
    a link to international
    connectivity mainly to
    submarine cables. Minister
    Mbarawa said the government
    took a bold step to connect all
    its regions and districts so that
    they can have access to the
    10,000-kilometre long national
    and regional broadband
    infrastructure.
    "This technology is not only
    resilient to bad weathers,
    including rain, but it possesses
    better characteristics such as
    high bandwidth capacity,
    compactness, low transmission
    losses, high signal security,
    immunity to interference and
    system reliability. "It is also easy
    to maintain. These are among
    the most important qualities.
    The technology is also more
    efficient and reliable for
    communication over satellite-
    base communication," the
    minister said.
    He added that the project's
    financial resources for the initial
    two phases come from three
    main sources -- 30 billion
    shillings from the government's
    development budget; 170
    million US dollars being a
    concessional loan from the
    government of China and 100
    million dollars generated from
    the project's operations.
    "The government, through its
    ministry is encouraging
    partnership and collaboration
    with operators from Malawi,
    similar to Regional
    Communications Infrastructure
    project in Malawi (RCIP-Malawi).
    "Tanzania is also implementing a
    100 million dollar project to
    deliver connectivity to local and
    central government
    departments such as e-
    government network," he
    pointed out.
    Impressed by Tanzania's
    success, Minister Patricia Kaliati
    said that the main objective of
    their visit is to learn from
    Tanzanian experts since they
    hope to adapt the new
    technology. "Malawi uses
    satellite communication, which
    is very expensive. But this will
    change when we start using the
    fibre broadband," she said.
    The National ICT Broadband
    Backbone Project (NICTBB) is
    already connected to two major
    submarine cables of SEACOM and
    EASSy, extending the
    connectivity to the
    neighbouring countries. The
    virtual landing station of the
    submarine cables through the
    NICTBB have been established at
    the respective cross-border
    points of Rwanda, Uganda,
    Malawi, Zambia and Kenya.
    Tagged: Business, East
    Africa, ICT, Malawi, Southern
    Africa, Tanzania
     
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