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Number of Tanzania Internet users is 5m

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    [TD="class: createdate"]Tuesday, 03 January 2012 21:10


    By Ludger Kasumuni

    The Citizen Reporter

    Dar es Salaam. Tanzania, with an estimate population of 42 million people, now has 11 per cent of Internet users, according to the latest report issued by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

    The report shows that as of October 2010, around 4.8 million Tanzanians had access to the Internet up from 1.6 million users in 2005. Out of the current figure, 2,663,200 were institutional users, 1,932,816 were households or individual users and 260,280 Internet café users.

    In East Africa, in terms of Internet usage, Kenya is ahead of the other member states with 10.2 million users as at 2010, while Uganda had 4.1 million users by the same year. This is according to the Kenya Communication Commission and Uganda Communication Commission data respectively.

    According to a research funded by TCRA, the number of Tanzanians using the internet for communication purposes has been on the rise, particularly as wireless facilities get cheaper with incoming mobile phone handsets.

    Currently, official figures of mobile phone subscribers stand at 19 million.
    "Mobile wireless is leading by 45 per cent, followed by fixed wireless. The Internet usage is now becoming a popular means of communication option next to voice telephone for many people in Tanzania," reads part of the report.

    Figures released by TCRA show that the country has 2,206,480 mobile wireless internet users, 1,514,580 users of fixed wireless and 471,524 users of VSAT, 388,176 users of other broadband and 269,536 cable users.

    The summary of TCRA findings indicates that out of 68 application services licencees only 46 (67 per cent) were found operating, 20 of them (30per cent) could not be traced and two or three per cent were not operating. Out of 46 operational licences, only 38 (83 per cent) of them provide internet services, the rest provide other services like voice network design, data (SMS and MMS), website hosting and website designing, according to the findings.