ITU recognises Tanzanian ICT achievement

By Hudson Kazonta, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tanzania has been awarded a certificate of recognition by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for its commitment to implementing World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) related activities and by contributing to the ITU’s WSIS Fund Trust.

The award was presented during the ITU Telecom World 2011 in Geneva. WSIS emerged as a result of the UN system endorsement for a global summit on ICT issues.

According to a press release issued by Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), several other agencies were involved such as UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.

The first phase of WSIS was held in Geneva during 10 – 12 December 2003, and the second phase held in Tunis during 16 – 18 November 2005. WSIS Plan of action which included many roles but some of them are improvement of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development.

Other roles are the improvement of information and communication infrastructure, access of information and knowledge, capacity building, building confidence and security in the use of ICTs and enabling environment.

According to these roles Tanzania has made progress in ensuring that the appropriate policies, legislation and regulations are put in place in the communications sector.

Other achievements are the management of interconnection rates through determination No. 1 of 2004 and Determination No. 2 of 2007, the converged licensing framework introduced in 2005, the management of competition in the communications sector and mobile networks and growth of SIM cards in use from less than 100,000 in 2000 to 22 million in 2011.

Tanzania’s other achievement include the introduction of mobile applications such as internet availability, money transfer, electronic payments, spectrum management, introduction of inclusive National Numbering Plan, the landing of submarine cables, SEACOM in July 2009 and EASSy in 2010 and Construction of the terrestrial national optical fibre cable linking Tanzania with neighboring countries Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

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