Tanzania state-owned operator drives new broadband penetration project

06 October 2021

The Tanzanian government plans to use electricity infrastructure to deploy additional internet broadband connectivity and services across the nation – a project that will be by state-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation Limited (TTCL).

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has joined forces with the country’s power utility company, the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) to extend broadband connectivity using Tanesco’s infrastructure (electricity poles).

It is understood that the partnership will connect ten regions to the national fibre network and expand broadband to at least 4, 449km, more than double the planned 1, 880km in the 2021/2022 financial year.

Tanzania’s minister of communications and information technology Faustine Ndugulile said the approach will “triple the pace” at which fibre optic internet connectivity is being implemented in the country.

The minister added that the government’s plan is to ensure that at least 94% of Tanzanians have access to broadband coverage, and that national broadband is a must in the 4IR.

“We want every home with electricity connectivity to have internet access, television and mobile phones connected to the national broadband,” said Ndugulile.
Energy minister Medard Kalemani said with the partnership, Tanesco will also use some of the infrastructure already installed by TTCL to supply power in the country.

“This is a more efficient way, simple and just to expand broadband connectivity,” said Kalemani.

According to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), there are over 29 million internet users in the country, with the majority of people accessing the internet through mobile phones.