Tanzania Signs Key Internet Connection Deal With Burundi
The Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL), which operates the Tanzanian National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB), is expanding its fibre optic connectivity to Burundi after the successful connection of some Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member-states.
The US$5.9-million connection agreement to Burundi will be managed through the NICTBB.
At the recent signing of the connection contract between TTCL and Burundi Backbone System (BBS), the Executive officer of BBS Elia Ntihagowumwe said that the ten-year agreement would see the connection of Burundi to EASSY and Seacom undersea cable systems.
TTCL’s representative Vedastus Mwita said that the value of the initial agreement would increase once TTCL upgraded the supply from its initial 2.5bps.
In August this year, TTCL announced that it would manage the implementation of fibre optic connectivity to connect all SADC member states.
To date Rwanda, Malawi and Zambia have been connected, while the DRC, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia and Seychelles, among other member states, are scheduled to soon be connected.
According to Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communications, Atashasta Nditiya, the decision to engage TTCL in the SADC fibre connectivity project was taken at the telecommunications meeting of all the SADC government officials that was held in Tanzania.
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