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Tanzania's optic fibre network attracts neighbouring countries

19th September 2013
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National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB)

The national fibre optic cable network also termed as the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) continues to attract neighbouring countries such as Mozambique and Uganda which are now in talks with Tanzania on being connected while some Kenyan companies are about to sign agreements to utilise the cable network.

The Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) Chief of Marketing and Sells Officer, Peter Ngota told journalists during the Capacity Africa 2013 conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the trend is encouraging.

“A lot of people attending this international conference praise the expertise used to construct our optic cable fibre network...we should congratulate the government for this,” he said.

Through the NICTBB, Tanzania has been connected with East Africa’s submarine cable networks including SEACOM, EASSY and SEAS.

He said Africa is planning to utilize submarine cable networks in the continent to build an internet centre that will serve the continent.

“Currently, our communications should pass through Europe first, but strengthening of Africa’s communication infrastructures will help us a lot...it will not be necessarily to pass through other continents first,” he said.

The Executive Director for VODAFONE Ghana, Julius Nkansah Owusu Kyerematen said Africa should use the networks to improve communications for the continent’s development.
“We still have a long way to go, we must use communication for developing our continent,” he said.

He said African countries that lack access to the optic fibre networks should strive to do so and develop their countries in areas such as education and health.
The Head of NICTBB at TTCL, Adin Mgendi said the conference has helped them creating new business contacts and strengthening the existing ones.

“This is an opportunity we have used in learning from our colleagues from Ghana and Angola who also have sea cable networks,” he said.

He said that if utilised well, optic cable networks have a chance to bring Africa’s development to another level. The meeting that ended yesterday was attended by 460 communication companies. 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN