Telecommunication in Tanzania

Compared to the European Union, Tanzania is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +255, there were a total of 51.29 m connections in 2020. Among them were 51.22 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.86 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Tanzania is back. Around 20% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 2% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 26,074 webhosts, Tanzania is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 17.47 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Tanzania ranked 144th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 14.71 Mbit/second (117th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Tanzania comes 130th with a download speed of 14.30 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 8 Mbit was only enough for 127th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Tanzania from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Tanzania 2005 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Tanzania
Broadband users1.08 m1.82 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines72,469.000.12 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars51.22 m85.75 %541.96 m121.03 %