Tanzania enters a new communication era

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (eTN) РInternet and online users in Tanzania are celebrating a new communication era with cheaper, reliable and faster connectivity with the rest of the world after the country’s president, Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, launched undersea fiber optic cable last Thursday.

Online newsreaders once frustrated by poor communication system have now joined other African countries through the cable that connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to global networks via India and Europe.

The launching of the new communications network was a big welcome to the tourist industry, which depends heavily on online services in its daily running.

The launching is timely, as it meets bandwidth needs of the 2010 World Cup slated for South Africa as well as the growing requirements of economies of nations it covers, mainly travel and tourism where most airlines and hotels are now opting for online bookings.

President Kikwete said the launching of the fiber optic cable in Africa was landmark achievement for the region.

Launching of the cable was beamed live during a simultaneous event held here in the capital city of Dar es Salaam, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique and Mombasa, Kenya.

The facility is set to provide Africa with inexpensive bandwidth removing international infrastructure bottlenecks and supporting East and South African economic growth. Rwanda set to be linked up in the next two weeks.

President Kikwete promised Tanzanians state-of-the-art Internet connectivity and fast link to the outside world, declaring the country had entered a new era in telecommunications. Tanzania, like most of Africa, uses satellite communication to connect to the information superhighway.

Analysts think that there is a need for quick productivity and the regulatory environment to ensure the optimum use of the fiber optic cables to drive the African economies forward.

eTN readers greatly welcomed the launching of fiber optic cable in Tanzania, hoping to get quick internet connectivity through their computer systems.