News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 46 on 3 November 2000

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TANZANIA - CYBERCAFE BOOM BUT GOVT POLICY HOLDS BACK GROWTH

3 November 2000

Tanzania has experienced a very rapid growth in cybercafes. It is unclear whether demand is mainly local or from tourists but the country’s local internet user base is growing. Government policy has been slow to encourage further investment. However the Government has an ambitious scheme to promote greater connectivity. Pantaleon Shoki reports on developments.   A recent survey by Tanzania’s Business Times shows that thousands of people flock into internet cafes in Dar Es Salaam everyday to surf the net and read their e-mail. Increasingly many people in Dar Es Salaam are communicating through the internet. As a result of…