Tanzania Signs ICT Infrastructure Deal With Mozambique
At its emergence as an essential ICT infrastructure solution hub, Tanzania has signed an agreement with Mozambique offering its National Information and Communications Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB).
Estimated at TSh2.4-billion (US$1 million) for the project, which is inclusive of fibre optic network construction and power and transmission equipment, it is expected that the project will drastically improve the quality of internet connectivity and penetration in Mozambique. The expectancy is based on reviews relating to the existing extension of the NICTBB, which has covered Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.
According to reports, Dr Faustine Ndungulile, Tanzania’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said his ministry officially handed over the government-funded project on 17 February 2021. During an interview with a local newspaper, the Minister was reported saying that the agreement was signed on 13 January 2021. Its validity was recorded for a six-month period which would start from February 2021 to July 2021.
As advised by the Minister, the broadband construction is set to start from Mangaka to Mtambaswala, covering 72 kilometres. Also, a transmission system will be installed at Mtambaswala and Masasi stations to facilitate communication services in Mtambaswala and across Mozambique, said the Minister.
A 2020 digital report revealed that internet user numbers in Mozambique increased by 439 000 between 2019 and 2020, leading to an internet reach of 5.36 million users. The internet penetration, according to the report, stood at 17% as of January 2020. A comment from the Ministry of Transport and Communication in Mozambique is still pending.