Tanzania on course for 100% DTT penetration "well before" June 2015
Rebecca Hawkes
| 23 October 2014
Digital television signals now cover 70% of Tanzania, with complete migration from analogue TV services expected before June 2015.

Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Makame Mbarawa has told the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference that the whole country will be able to receive digital terrestrial television (DTT) services "well before the set deadline".

Tanzania is one of the first countries in Africa to switch off analogue TV signals, with Rwanda following suit in August 2014.

Mbarawa said the Tanzanian Government had deployed 7,560km of broadband fibre optic cable, which now connected every region in the East African country.

"The broadband optic fibre cable network also connects land-locked countries through multiple connections to the border points of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Zambia, and Malawi. In addition, Seychelles is also connected by fibre optic underwater cable from Tanzania," he said.

Tanzania's telecommunications penetration has grown to 64%, with mobile phone subscriptions having increased from 21.2 million in 2010 to the current figure of 28.3 million.

Internet use has almost doubled, with 5.1 million users in 2010 to over 9.6 million today, he added.