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The importance of the Communications Sector as a facilitator of fast economic development for Tanzania is clear. The sector plays an important role in facilitating other sectors of the economy through providing communications infrastructure and services to allow fast information flow, exchange and sharing amongst customers for increased efficiency, improved performance and productivity. Liberalization in this sector is at heightened levels starting specifically in 2005. Find detailed information concerning communication services from this section.

Most of its services are provided by the private sector, and because of the high minimum costs required in setting up operation, majority ownership is foreign in nature although there are cases where some domestic players have ownership in shares. The communications sector is governed by the Telecommunications Policy (1997), ICT Policy (2003), Information Broadcasting policy (2003) and Postal Policy (2003). It is regulated by Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) which is a body set up by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Act (2003). All sub-sectors (telecommunications, Postal, courier, information and communications technologies, encompassing broadcasting services) are now treated as one sector due to sharing converged technology, services and regulation.

The introduction of ICT in Tanzania facilitated the fast growth of communications services. ICT services are now reaching some rural areas through several multi-purpose community based tele-centers/community information centers. Currently, there are 12 centers countrywide located in Mtuwetu (Mtwara), Kinampanda (Singida), Mpwapwa (Dodoma), Isaka (Shinyanga), Nchuchuma (Ludewa), Hai (Kilimanjaro), Wete (Pemba), Mikindani (Mtwara), Sengerema (Mwanza), Kasulu Teachers Training college (Kigoma), Ngara UNHCR (Kagera), and Rungwe (Mbeya). Visit the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology website for more details.

Tanzania has in place both statutory and constitutional provisions providing several aspects of the media industry. The constitution guarantees a free and independent media. Article 18 of the constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania provides that: (1) Every person has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to seek, receive and impart or disseminate information and ideas through any media regardless of national frontiers, and also has the right to freedom from interference with his communication. (2) Every citizen has the right to be informed at all times of various events in the country and in the world at large which are of importance to the lives and activities of the people and also of issues of importance to society. For further information visit Tanzania Information Services.

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Source: Government Portal Content Committee, Last Reviewed on : 2015-11-26 08:20:18
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