DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
At least 94 percent of Tanzanians are using
mobile phone communication services, a senior government
official said on Wednesday.
the Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication,
said: “We are working to ensure the remaining 6 percent of
people get the service in the near future.”
He was speaking at a
seminar for members of the Standing Parliamentary Committee for
Infrastructure organized by the government’s Universal
Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) in the commercial
capital Dar es Salaam.
However, the deputy
minister said over 70 percent of the country’s population of
about 54 million people have not been connected to Internet
“There were only
17.3 million people connected to Internet services by 2015,”
said Nditiye, adding that the communication sector was growing
annually, making enormous contribution to the national income.
He said UCSAF was
working to improve internet services at public schools where it
has managed to connect more than 250 schools countrywide.
He said Internet
services at public schools will partly solve challenges related
to shortage of teachers as students will be learning online.
established with a view to promoting universal access to
information and communication technology services in Tanzania.
It is also
responsible for enabling accessibility and participation by
communication operators in the provision of communication
services with a view of promoting social-economic development of
the rural and urban population.