TCRA: Tanzania Has 5 Million Internet Users and 19 Million Mobile Phone Subscribers
Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has released a report showing that 11% of Tanzania’s 42 Million population are on the internet. As of October 2011 there were around 4.8 million accessing the internet from Tanzania up from 1.6 million users in 2005. 2,663,200 were institutional users while 1,932,816 were households or individual users and 260,280 Internet café users.
In the report, TCRA puts the number of mobile phone subscribers in Tanzania at 19Million.
“Mobile wireless is leading by 45 per cent, followed by fixed wireless. The Internet usage is now becoming a popular means of communication option next to voice telephone for many people in Tanzania,” reads part of the report.
According to TCRA , Tanzania has;
- 2,206,480 mobile wireless internet users,
- 1,514,580 users of fixed wireless
- 471,524 users of VSAT,
- 388,176 users of other broadband
- 269,536 cable internet users
The TCRA report also indicates that out of 68 application services licencees only 46 (67%) were found operating, 20 of them (30%) could not be traced while 2-3% were not operating. Of the 46 operational, 38 (83%) are ISPs while the rest provide services like voice network design, data (SMS and MMS), web hosting and web design.