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Assessment of an Optical DWDM Network as the Tanzanian ICT Backbone Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

In Tanzania, Internet connectivity to the rest of the world is via expensive satellite links, thus leaving the majority of the population unable to access the Internet due to the high cost of connection. Internet is a key part of communications and the basis for enhanced socio-economic development, therefore for a developing country like Tanzania Internet access needs to be made available to the majority of the population at an affordable cost. Optical technology by means of Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network has revolutionized long distance data transport and has resulted in high data capacity, cost reductions, extremely low bit error rate, and operational simplification of the overall ICT backbone.

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