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Tanzania and Uganda Agree to Integrate ICT Infrastructure

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Tanzania and Uganda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) valued at $28.8 million, equivalent to 71.7 billion Tanzanian Shillings, to combine their National ICT Broadband Backbones. This agreement, which will span 15 years, will be executed by TTCL Corporation and the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U).

The signing of this agreement took place between TTCL Director General Peter Ulanga and NITA-U Executive Director Dr. Hatwib Mugasa, in the presence of Minister for Information, Communication, and Information Technology, Nape Nnauye, and Ugandan Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi.

Minister Nape expressed that this MoU will encourage the use of ICT in both countries and strengthen their relationship, fostering trade and economic growth. He emphasized the importance of TTCL providing quality services as per the agreement and ensuring access without complaints.

He also highlighted that Uganda’s decision to utilize Tanzania’s National ICT backbone was beneficial and mentioned that Tanzania had persuaded other East African Community partner states, including Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, and currently Uganda, to connect to NICTBB.

Additionally, Minister Nape mentioned that efforts were made to connect with countries in the Southern Africa Development Community, such as Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, and Congo.

Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Ugandan Minister for ICT and National Guidance, shared the vision of both countries to connect and reduce the cost of doing business in Uganda by 50%, potentially creating employment opportunities.

TTCL Director General Eng. Peter Ulanga emphasized the positive impact of NICTBB in the East African region, bringing about significant developments in various sectors and enhancing communication. He invited NITA-U and the Ugandan government to use the National Internet Data Centre (NIDC) for high-quality data storage.