TZ to build East Africa’s number 1 ICT center

Lv Youqing , Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania.


Tanzania will soon become the center for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for East Africa countries after the completion of national Internet Data Center (IDC) construction in Dar es Salaam.

The center will be built with high-tech infrastructure to host all government and business services. And will provide high speed broadband connectivity, in which fiber optic cables can facilitate egovernance.

The Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa said Thursday at the first Huawei Clouds Conference in the country, that the new high-tech facility will store high quality massive data from both government agencies and private businesses.

“This will be the best center of ICT and IT industry in East Africa, since the ICT plays a key role in the development of the country, with will be able do things efficiently and effectively” he said.

The more than $ 90 million-national database will not rely be powered by solar and s since it will be using solar power and a state of the art generator.

The minister reveal the projected will be implement in 5 phases; the first and second fiber optic deployment will connect Dar-es-Salaam to other regions in the country and also to neighboring countries Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.

He said the fiber optic infrastructure support faster communication services that will help government offices in remote areas to get high speed internet connection.

Ministry also signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei Tanzania under which Huawei will spearhead efforts to make Tanzania an ICT hub by 2025.

Chinese Ambassodor to Tanzania Lv Youqing said Tanzania deserve to be center of ICT in East Africa due to good foundation and favourable condition for investors and because the IT market is vibrant.

Youquing noted “as a global ICT leader, Huawei has been in Tanzania for more than 17 years and as a result many Chinese companies have invested in Tanzania, even after President Xi Jinping visit to this country in 2013, both our countries have a longtime relationship based on mutual interests.”

Huawei Managing Director Zhang Yongquan said, “we are thankful to the long lasting trust from the government, and our telecom customers including Airtel, Viettel, Tigo, Vodacom and TTCL for the continued support they give us”

He added “in the big data base era, telecom operators and enterprises from different industries are facing new challenges. We will continue to bring ICT innovations to Tanzania to help our customers achieve business success”