TANZANIA MOVING CAPITAL CITY FROM DAR ES SALAAM TO DODOMA

Fresh details have emerged on the Dar es Salaam-Dodoma 'migration' after providers of such utilities as water, electricity and telecommunications announced grand plans to upgrade and expand service delivery in the new capital-designate within 100 days.

The present utility infrastructure and set-up in Dodoma have created doubt as to whether the 43-year old decision to shift to the centrallylocated region could at this time around materialise.

According to some critics, the capital transfer would hit a technical snag especially after some ministries, including the Prime Minister's Office explicitly declared to move permanently to the Capital City District, which is part of the semi-arid Dodoma region.

But the state water, telecom and electricity firms, which had been investing multi-billion dollars on infrastructures in Dar es Salaam, said they are well organised to counter any rising demand owing to population inflows.

The Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) has told the 'Daily News' that the firm, which has received funding from the TIB Development Bank, will upgrade the national broadband network to enable data transfer from the current 40 GB to 200 GB by November this year.

"The expansion work has already started to increase the traffic capacity between Dar es Salaam and Dodoma. TTCL is working with equipment manufacturers, Huawei and Alcatel, to execute expansion works," TTCL Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kamugisha Kazaura, said.

According to the TTCL boss, the firm will launch its 4G service in the new capital (designated) in November. It is also working to upgrade its IP-Network to allow sharing of large data and files from the current 1 GB to 10 GB.

An IP network is a communication network that uses Internet Protocol (IP) to send and receive messages between one or more computers.

The plan, according to TTCL, will help improve communications in the region. Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo made it clear in Dodoma that his ministry had resolved to upgrade the electricity infrastructure to provide better reliability and more resiliences, among other improvements.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK