The Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology of Tanzania has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) for the implementation of Phase V of National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB), which will start next year.
The NICTBB is being implemented in five phases. Phases I and II have been completed with a total of 7,560 km live backbone already in operation. Currently, the backbone covers 24 regions of Tanzania's mainland, and has connectivity to submarine cables (EASSy, SEACOM and SEAS) and also cross-border connectivity to our neighbours Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi and Zambia.
"ICT is the tool which can connect all African countries and if more efforts will be put our country will be the centre to connect them," Professor Makame Mbarawa, Minister for Science, Communication and Technology of Tanzania, said.
Mbarawa said that the infrastructure will enhance use of ICT applications for sustainable socio-economic development including implementation of e-government, e-learning, e-health and e-commerce.