Tanzania will be boosting the access of the internet and lowering the cost of connectivity in the country when it plans to fork out over $189 million on laying the national fibre optic network.
The project will be jointly financed by China and Tanzania, while the Minister for Communication Science and Technology Professor Makame Mbarawa confirmed that China will invest $170 million, while the host country will pay $18 million.
Mbarawa added that the project aims to connect all the regions of the country, and should be completed by the end of 2012. “Over 10,000km will be connected by March this year and the government plans to expand to all regions in the country,” he said.
“ICT development and advancement have a positive correlation.
Where there is ICT infrastructure, established structures and unconditional and reliable accessibility then automatically there is social, cultural and economic development.
ICT can therefore be a tool for achieving sustainable development, which comprises economic development, social development and environmental protection,” the East African wrote.
Charlie Fripp – Acting Online editor