Tanzania Internet

Internet services’ users in Tanzania reached 25.8 million in 2019 (46% of total population), compared to 17.3 million (34% of total population) in 2015, an increase of 49%.  

More than 90% of Tanzanians access the internet through their mobile phones, and although mobile data prices are reasonably low, they remain unaffordable for segments of the population that mostly reside in rural areas, resulting in a large gap in Internet use between urban and rural areas.

The most common broadband service in Tanzania is given through 2G connections, which offers a speed of up to 0.3 Mbps and is used by 90% of the mobile subscribers in Tanzania.

In the end of 2018, 3G and 4G networks covered around 61% and 28% of Tanzania’s population respectively.

Tanzania Internet Services Regulation

In July 2020 Tanzania introduced the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations, 2020.

Under the regulations, a person shall only provide online content services after having obtained a licence from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

There are four categories of online content licences: provision of predominant news and current affairs, provision of predominant entertainment content, provision of predominant education and religious content, and simulcasting licence.

Sources: GSMA, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)
Last Update: 22 September 2020