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Understanding what is happening in ICT in Tanzania

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- Challenges
- Solutions or Strategies
- Trends

- Digital Literacy And Skills
- Internet Access, Affordability And Use

Author(s): Steve Esselaar and Lishan Adam

Enablers: the linking to the SEACOM and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) networks; the launch of the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB), and the increase in competition in both the voice and data markets. Challenges: The cost of digital reception set-top boxes is a challenge, unless a subsidy system is made available to lowerincome households. (Tanzania did not have a subsidy, contributing to the low rate of digital adoption.) The primary challenge is one of consumer awareness – to make consumers aware of the benefits of digital transmission and aware of how to correctly install and use a digital set-top box. Impact/ Outcome: Tanzanians are slowly benefitting from reduced prices. Tanzania has successfully – though controversially – completed the digital migration process ahead of time, freeing up the 700 MHz frequency band. Solutions: Tanzania can build on the gains in the broadband market by making the “digital dividend” frequencies available to broadband suppliers.


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