Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) plans to make its fiber optic cable to be the information hub in east, central as well as southern Africa.
In an exclusive interview with ‘The Guardian’ at the week end, the TTCL acting Chief Executive Officer, Peter Ngota said that it was one of the company’s long-term plans.
He was reacting to a question after the final handing over of the fiber optic to the Medical Stores Department (MSD) at the weekend in Dar es Salaam
He said, currently, nearly all neighbouring countries depend on the TTCL fiber connectivity as a source of information.
These are Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda.
Ngota said further that under the plans, TTCL has will ensure that all countries in east, central and southern Africa—particularly the Southern African Development Community (SADC) use the TTCL fiber optic cable as the hub of information.
“This is one of our long term plans after connecting different local institutions with communication,” he said.
He explained that the move aims to bring about revolution in the economy and technology, hence increase fast economic growth to the nation.
On Friday, TTCL completed connecting the Medical Store Department offices with fiber optic cable aimed at providing quality and efficiency services to its regional branches countrywide.
Ngota said at least 12 branches are networked through the MultiProtocol Label Switching Virtual Network (MPLS-VPN) or enterprise services solution to ease services delivery to customers.
Connected branches including Dar es salaam headquarter, Moshi, Mwanza, Mtwara, Mbeya, MSD Jamana, MSD Ubungo, Tabora, Tanga, Dodoma, Iringa and Muleba.
He however admitted that TTCL had embarked on rendering services to large scale customers including financial institutions and communication companies
He said that the decision was reached to improve deliverance of services.
He said the project has brought about changes in company’s performance, hence quality services to their customers.
He said further that at least 12 branches are networked in the multiprotocol label switching virtual network (MPLS-VPN) or enterprises services solution.
Ngota said apart from that TTCL has been a network hub to countries like Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda.
Explaining the company long-term plans, he said, it is looking forward to make Tanzania the information hub in East and Central Africa.
For his part, the MSD Acting Director Cosmas Mwaifwani said such fiber connection ensures security of information during transportation despite the distance between nations.
He said information hacking is harder if regional and zonal branches are networked to their headquarters.
He said that with fiber optic connection the public is ensured of information as well as data’s protection even if there is network collapse while transporting the data.
“It is very easy to trace where the problem has happened if the network collapsed in the course of transporting the datas,” he said.