Tanzania upgrades microwave links to Zanzibar

microwave peterbarrington flickrTanzania will upgrade microwave links from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar to improve the quality of data transmission. (Image source: Peter Barrington/Wikimedia Commons)The Tanzania Telecommunications Company has spent US$1.6mn on a microwave link upgrade from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar in order to double the capacity of voice and data quality on the island

Microwave links transfer information or energy through radio waves, ranging from 1-30 GHz.

The upgrade has been funded partially by Internet service provider NEC Africa, which is a subsidiary of the Japanese company NEC.

Makame Mbarawa, minister of communication, science and technology of Tanzania, said, "We are now sure of effective communication in Zanzibar. With the new link, the people of Zanzibar can communicate without hurdles."

The upgrading of telecoms infrastructure is in line with the Tanzanian government’s Vision 2025, where communication is being promoted as a tool for sustainable development.

Mwangi Mumero

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