Telecommunications sector contributes 20 % to Tanzania’s GDP
The booming telecommunication sector contributes about 20 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), the National Assembly was told in Dodoma.
Communications, Science and Technology deputy minister Dr Maua Daftari said the government collected a lot of revenue from the sector, citing the year 2007/2008 when it collected more than 209bn/- in revenue.
She was responding to a question from Suleiman Khalifa (Gando, CUF), who had wanted to know how the country benefited from the operations of telecommunications companies.
She said for a period of seven years, from the year 2001/2002 to 2007/2008, the government collected revenues amounting to more than 660bn/- from the sector.
Daftari said the collected amount was obtained in the form of tax through the Treasury.
She said that according to February 2009 statistics, there were 12 telecommunications companies operating in the country.
She said up to February 2009, a total of 13,006,793 SIM cards were in use, while the number of mobile and landline phone users increased to 13,130,602. Currently, there were 123,800 landline telephones in use countrywide, said the deputy minister.