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Telecommunication in Tanzania

Compared to the United States, Tanzania is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +255, there were a total of 54.12 million connections in 2021. Among them were 54.04 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.85 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 26,074 webhosts, Tanzania is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 2,281 of these, or about 9 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 14.69 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Tanzania ranks 142nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 11.19 Mbit/second (120th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Tanzania comes 99th with a download speed of 20.34 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was enough for 64th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 2023 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Tanzania from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Tanzania 2005 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerTanzania is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 32 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 2 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Tanzania. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 85 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.

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Distribution in 2021Tanzania
Internet users20.11 m31.63 %304.52 m91.75 %
Broadband users1.24 m1.95 %125.89 m37.93 %
Landlines71,834.000.11 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars54.04 m84.99 %361.66 m108.97 %

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