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  • Mwl. Julius K. Nyerere
  • Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume
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Tanzania Internet sector had remained underdeveloped due to the limited reach of the traditional fixed-line network and the lack of international fiber connections. Until the arrival of the first international submarine fiber cable in July 2009, the country relied entirely on satellite links for its international Internet bandwidth, which resulted in high retail prices that were unaffordable to the majority of the population. Internet cafes have contributed to some degree of Internet usage, but in terms of Internet penetration Tanzania still lags behind other countries in the region with similar GDP per capita and literacy levels.

Mobile network operators are well positioned to become key players in Internet service provision with their extensive national infrastructure, following the introduction of mobile data and 3G broadband services. The new converged licensing regime has brought a large number of new players into the market. The liberalisation of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) telephony as well as the introduction of third and fourth generation (3G, 4G) mobile services and wireless broadband networks is boosting the internet sector which has been hampered by the low level of development of the traditional fixed-line network.

Following the launch of 3G mobile broadband services, the mobile networks are becoming the country’s leading internet service providers on the back of their extensive national infrastructure and existing subscriber bases in the voice market. The additional revenue from data services is badly needed in an almost entirely prepaid environment with rapidly falling voice ARPU. Another new income source is mobile money transfer and m-banking.

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Source: Government Portal Content Committee, Last Reviewed on : 2015-11-30 06:46:46
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