News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 124 on 23 August 2002

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TANZANIA SPECIAL - STEADY GROWTH MAY BE SOURED BY TTCL DISPUTE?

23 August 2002

Everyone calls Tanzania the "donor’s favourite". Its economy has shown steady growth as it has recovered from Nyrere’s experiment in African socialism. Most of this growth has focused on Dar es Salaam. Tourism was badly hit by the events of 9/11. It made an early start on deregulation and received structural funds to invest in its telecoms infrastructure. Its regulator has been in place longer than most and has initiated an effective regulatory regime for cellphones with more competition than most countries of its size. Its internet and data markets have shown continuous (if unspectacular) growth. The Government has removed…