Digital transformation in Tanzania: The role of mobile technology and impact on development goals

18 Mar 2019

The GSM Association (GSMA) launched a report on digital transformation in Tanzania pinpointing four main areas where the mobile industry is espousing digital transformation and the development processes: (a) access to key services for people in underserved communities, (b) driving productivity and efficiency gains in businesses and public institutions, (c) contribution to economic growth and social development, and (d) encouraging good governance. ‘Leveraging mobile technology to further advance economic and development goals in Tanzania requires collaboration by all stakeholders, including operators, government and development organisations. We also require a supportive regulatory environment that encourages investment and innovation, and ensures operators have access to sufficient spectrum in a timely and affordable manner,’ said Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA. That said, there are several ongoing challenges for the mobile industry in Tanzania which could be addressed through enabling environment, incentives for partners, and sound policies and regulations to promote the sustainability of the industry. To this aim, the study provides key policy recommendations to overcome the regulatory and industry challenges of the mobile industry and enable mobile’s contribution to the development goals in Tanzania.

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The impact of the Internet on businesses and the global economy has been crucial in shaping new economic models, and at the same time, raising new concerns.

The Internet is one of the primary drivers of economic growth, which is visible in many countries that have placed the development of ICT as one of the primary tools for boosting the economy.

The need for people to gain access to ICT resources and narrow the digital divide is crucial, and is especially relevant now in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also important to understand how access to the Internet affects the level of economic and social development in a country.

 

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