Tanzania Internet Users Reach 9 Million, Says TCRA

According to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) recently published its Tanzania Telecom Report for 2013, the number of internet users increased by almost 2 million people, which represents an increase of 23.8%, with the majority of improvement coming from individual households subscribing to Internet services.

Currently, over 9 million Tanzanians, 20% of the Tanzanian population, have a regular access to the Internet via organizations or institutions subscription, internet cafes, or household installed internet.

Among those three main Internet points of entries, the highest growth is occurring among individual and household subscriptions, with internet cafes experience very low levels of growth – just above 2%, and accounting for only 2.5% of all internet users.

Currently, out of 9 million Tanzanians using the Internet, almost 6 million do so using individual subscription, with 3 million using the Internet from their place of a work, which is a significant change from 2011, when the number of people using work access was higher than individual subscriptions numbers.

TCRA attributes such growth to the completion of the National ICT Broadband Backbone project, which decreased cost of using Internet through the use of fibre optic technology, as well as to the spread of smartphones with internet connection.

Follow the ink to download TCRA report: http://tanzaniainvest.com/downloads/Tanzania-telecom-internet-Stats-TCRA-Dec2013.pdf

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