Sabotage on Tanzania’s broadband fiber optic network has left several regions without internet access on the country’s National Information Communications and Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB), the country’s communications ministry revealed on Monday.
Peter Phillip, assistant director of IT-Technological Systems Development and Services in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, said the government was looking into ways of increasing capacity despite the sabotage.
“In our recent survey we found that there are some people in Arusha and Mwanza, who have been excavating the fiber optic cable, which has been laid upward to their regions, because they think it is copper wire that could be sold to scrap metal dealers,” said Phillip.
Phillip also said that among the challenges, “which the new ICT technology is facing, include lack of knowledge”. Phillip and the ministry have appealed to the criminals to end their vandalism.
The fiber optic cable is a “dangerous product, because it is made of the smallest pieces of glass and when someone cuts it and unfortunately it enters their eyes, they will end up turning blind forever,” the ministry added.