The East African Muslim republic of Tanzania will soon become a centre of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for East African countries after completion of the national Internet Data Center (IDC) in Dar es Salaam.
Opening the first Huawei Clouds Conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa said the national IDC will serve as a high quality database station.
“This will be the best center for ICT and IT industry across East Africa,” he said.
“Its construction will start next month in the Kijitonyama suburb of Kinondoni District in the city,” the minister added.
“The center will have high-tech infrastructure and will host services from both the government and business sectors,” he went on to say.
“It will provide high speed broadband connectivity utilizing fiber optic cables,” he detailed.
According to him, construction of the center will cost USD93.7 million and it will not rely on electric power but rather it will use solar power and batteries.
the minister went on to explain.
He said the fiber optic network deployment is being implemented in five phases the first and second phases will connect Dar es Salaam to the rest of the country and its neighbors Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.
the minister said.
The minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei Tanzania making the latter an ICT development advisor to Tanzania.
The Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Lv Youqing, said Tanzania deserved to be the center of ICT in East Africa because it has a good foundation and favorable conditions for investors and its IT market is broad.
“As a global ICT leader, Huawei has been in Tanzania for more than 17 years. Many Chinese companies have come to Tanzania to invest,” he noted.
Speaking at the same occasion, Huawei Managing Director, Zhang Yongquan said;
“We will continue to bring ICT innovations to Tanzania to improve service delivery for our customer,” he summed up.