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Tanzania now mulls exporting optical-fibre cable from country’s surplus

Tanzania is contemplating to soon start exporting fibre optic cables since the rate and quality of productivity of modern connectivity backbone continues at the plant located in the country’s coastal region.

Speaking in Arusha, the Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Information Technology, Engineer Kundo Andrea Mathew said the Mkuranga based factory has the capacity to produce up to 24,000 kilometers of optic fibre cables per year.

“But Tanzania only needs 15,000 kilometers of the digital communication cable, which means the country is now in a better position to start feeding outside markets with such backbone fibres fropm the surplus,” he said.

“That is as long as the local production meet international standards,” Engineer Mathew maintained.

Engineer Mathew

The Deputy Minister was speaking during the official opening of the 41st Ordinary Session of the Pan-African Postal Union Administrative Council taking place at the Arusha International Conference Center (AICC).

“We are currently rolling out fibre network to all regions, districts, wards and up to domestic levels, envisaging being able to connect more than a million households in the country by the year 2027,” said the Deputy Minister.

Engineer Mathew pointed out that internet services are now regarded as basic commodities for every household just like water and electricity and the government through the Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation, is ensuring this goal of connecting all homes gets realized.

“From the Mkuranga factory, Tanzania is now assured of producing its own fibre optics, instead of having to import the cables and fortunately too, the plant capacity surpasses the country’s needs which mean we shall soon start exporting as well,” he said.

Raddy Fibre Manufacturing Limited, which is the Fibre Optic Factory based in the Mwanambaya area of Mkuranga district of Coastal Region is a privately-run entity.

The plant was recently opened by President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

It is said to be the largest and only one in East and Central Africa and also the third-largest on the continent, with the capacity to employ more than 670 people.  

The factory is touted to be manufacturing high-quality Fibre optic cables and accessories for various industrial, distributions, manufacturing, Telecommunication, Security and commercial projects in East and Central Africa.

Earlier, the Secretary General for the Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU), Dr Sifundo Chief Moyo said the organization was also working to empower member states to digitize their respective postal and communication services in sync with the developed countries.

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