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Tanzania Internet Subscriptions 2019-2023

Tanzania Internet Subscriptions 2019-2023

Tanzania’s access to the internet is facilitated through two Submarine Cables: 1) EASSy (Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System), one of the major undersea fiber optic cables that connect East African countries, including Tanzania, to the global internet network, and 2) SEACOM, another vital undersea cable system providing high-speed internet connectivity to Tanzania.

In addition, TEAMS (The East African Marine System) links Kenya’s Mombasa with Fujairah in the UAE, thus extending the gigabit submarine capacity to the rest of the East African countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania through cross-border connectivity arrangements.

In 2024, Tanzania is expected to connect to 2Africa, one of the significant new undersea cable projects that is set to enhance internet connectivity for Africa, including Tanzania.
The Tanzanian government has developed the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB), a national fiber optic network managed and operated by the Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL) on behalf of the government and overseen by the Ministry of Communication Science and Technology (MCST). The 7,910 Km network connects all regions in Tanzania and provides cross-border connectivity to Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.

Tanzania’s internet users reached 35,885,592 in December 2023, of which 35,815,632 mobile internet subscriptions, 61,645 fixed wired internet subscriptions, and fixed wireless internet subscriptions.

The number of subscriptions rose from 25.8 million in 2019 to 35.9 million in 2023, indicating an average annual growth rate of 9.78% in internet subscriptions over the past five years.

Mobile internet penetration has reached 86% for 3G and 795 for 4G in 2023.

Last Updated: 17th May 2024