Maputo and Democratic Republic of Congo eye Dar internet data connection facility

Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are eying connection to the national Internet Data Centre (IDC) in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) as the two eastern African countries embark on accessing high quality database services. The new entrants after Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are targeting a high-tech fibre optic network constructed in the Kijitonyama suburb of Kinondoni district.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Kamuzora, said the two countries had expressed interest in being connected to the region’s centre for Information Communication and Technology (ICT). “We can proudly say we’re the best ICT centre in East Africa’, Prof Kamuzora told journalists from Tanzania and China (who are in the country to assess performance

of Chinese firm investment in Tanzania and Kenya). The facility, financed by China to a tune of US$35-million, hosts services from both the government and business sectors. Kamuzora, who is responsible for communications in the ministry, said discussions were also focused on the multinational companies’ interest in the service.

Kamuzora assured the delegation that the centre was secure while immediate plans for a data recovery centre in Dodoma and Zanzibar were well underway. “We’re inviting all ICT and IT firms from across the globe to get services”, he noted. Situated few miles from the city centre, the IDC is expected to be independently run.

Speaking during the commissioning of the plant, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Professor Makame Mbarawa, said that the initial government plans were to connect Dar es Salaam to the rest of countryside and its neighboring countries – Kenya, Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda.

Minister Mbarawa said the facility was designed to facilitate fast communication that will help government office, especially in remote areas to be quickly connected to the headquarters.

To make it efficient, Tanzania inked a MoU with Chinese based Technology company, Huawei, to take over the country’s ICT development advisor.

ICT experts maintain that Tanzania is still seating on untapped potentials, having not utilised fully the technology to spur development.

Source: Tanzania Daily News
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