Tanzania to Expand Fiber Optic Networks

The third phase of the national fiber optic backbone project will soon start in Tanzania. The Tanzanian government has announced plans to expand improved next generation network infrastructure in the third phase and intends to invest around 94 million US dollars. The East African nation aims to become a regional hub for communication services.

Tanzania is located at a strategic location that is easily accessible from Indian continents, Middle East countries via sea, and Western, Southern, Northern, and Central African nations via land. Thus Tanzania has the potential to become a regional hub for communication. Tanzania had invested to build fiber optic networks that connected major cities and important administrative units with high speed communication lines.

Tanzanian government’s plans were disclosed by the Minister for Communications, Science, and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa when he was responding to a query raised by Igalula legislator, Mr Athumani Mfutakamba (CCM) in the National Assembly. Mr. Athumani wanted to know how the Tanzanian government was prepared financially to make the country a hub of communications in the region as well as increase ICT parks.

The Minister assured the National Assembly that once the fiber optic network in the third phase is completed, the total fiber optic network will be around 20,000 kilometers that will boost information and communication technology (ICT) in the country.

The government-driven investment in the fiber optic national backbone would place Tanzania among the favorite investment locations and the highly respected in the region.

The Minister also said the government had allocated another 2 billion for the construction of a data center and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), high-performance telecommunications network that would direct data from one network node to the next based on short path labels.

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