Tanzania Ports To Be Interconnected With Fiber Optic Cable For Increase In Efficiency

Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) will improve its efficiency with completion of a major Information Communication Technology project connecting its 13 branches throughout the country with fiber optic cable.

The project will connect TPA with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) fiber optic cable through a system called Multiprotocal Label Switching Virtual Private Network (MPLS VPN).

Through this system TPA is set to increase its efficiency, reduce paperwork and improve port services.

According to TPA Acting Director for ICT, Mr Killian Chale, communication between one port and another will now use CISCO extension that is less expensive and efficient.

TTCL’s Chief Technical Officer, Mr Senzige Kisenge noted that the project will assist TPA to improve quality of services and increase in trade.

Dar es Salaam port is the Tanzania principal port with a rated capacity of 4.1 million (dwt) dry cargo and 6.0 million (dwt) bulk liquid cargo.

The port handles about 95% of the Tanzania international trade and serves the landlocked countries of Malawi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.