Mozambique’s Movitel eyes Dar es Salaam’s bandwiths

Movitel, Mozambique's third mobile phone operator is in talks with Tanzania's National ICT Broadband Backbone with the view to have the facility reach the country's border.

The NICTBB from Dar es Salaam reaches Mtwara but Movitel wants Tanzania to push it to the remaining distance towards the border so that the company can get its backup for its existing operations in Mozambique. 

The NICTBB Technical Cordinator, Engineer Anita Chingumbe,  told 'Daily News' that the two are negotiating and that a feasibility study has been carried out in the area.

"The company is in talks with NICTBB on how Mozambique can be connected from the Umoja bridge at Mtambaswala border with Tanzania. The talks may result into a deal," she said. 

She said what triggered Movitel's interest was when - the state-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL)  closed a $6.7-million, 10-year deal to supply 1.244 gigabytes of internet bandwidth to Rwanda.

It made Tanzania the first East African Community member (EAC to start selling internet bandwidth to other EAC states thanks to the laying of the international submarine fiber-optic cable systems Eassy and Seacom. 

"They want to get resilience incase their network goes down. We have already done the feasibility study and we see it viable to take it to the border post from either Masasi or Mtwara," she said at the ongoing 36th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).

She said they have finished a feasibility study at border post with Mozambique, adding that Tanzania is safer because it has rings through regions and districts which makes it resilient even if one line were to be cut off. 

In the region's context, she said, Tanzania's network also has guarantee on availability and reliability of 99.8 per cent as compared to the region which is below 70 per cent.

"This technology is not only resilient to bad weather, including rain, but it possesses better characteristics such as high bandwidth capacity, compactness, low transmission losses, high signal security, immunity to interference and system reliability," she said. 

To target potential markets of all the surrounding countries, she said already, border posts where the cable have reached include Manyovu and Burundi (to serve Burundi), Rusumo border post (to serve Rwanda), Mutukula (to serve Uganda), Sirali, Namanga and Horohoro border posts to serve Kenya, Tunduma border point for Zambia and Kasumulo border post for Malawi.

Other landlocked countries, she said, may express interest to use the newly built national ICT backbone so as they can get international links via the submarine cables that landed at the Indian Ocean shores recently. Such countries include Zambia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi.

She  added that it has resulted in an increase of mobile phone users from less than 100,000 in the late 1990s to about 20 million in December 2010, which translates to around 50 per cent teledensity. This contributed about 25 per cent to the national GDP in 2009/2010 financial year.
Source: The Daily News,http://www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Orton Kiishweko

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