Project ID: 30603

China Exim Bank loans $93.77 million USD for Phase III (sub-phase I) of the Tanzania National Fiber Optic Backbone (Linked to #23142, #23150)

Commitment amount

$ 91112733.57

Constant 2017 USD

Summary

Funding agency [Type]

Export-Import Bank of China [State-owned Policy Bank]

Recipient

Tanzania

Sector

Communications (Code: 220)

Flow type

Loan

Concessional

No

Category

Intent

Development (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Commercial

Development

Representational

Mixed

Financial Flow Classification

OOF-like (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Official Development Assistance

Other Official Flows

Vague (Official Finance)

Flows categorized based on OECD-DAC guidelines

Project lifecycle

Status

Completion (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Pledge

Commitment

Implementation

Completion

Suspended

Cancelled

Milestones

Commitment year

2013

Implementation

2015

2013-07-01

Planned start

2015-06-27

Actual start

Completion

2016

2016-06-01

Actual

Description

On March 25, 2013, China Eximbank and Bank of Tanzania signed a non-concessional loan agreement worth $93.77 million USD for Phase III sub-phase I of the National Fiber Optic Backbone Project (or 国家骨干光纤网项目 or Phase 3 of the National ICT Fiber Backbone Project (NICTBB) or National ICT Broad Infrastructure Project) in Tanzania. The loan terms are unknown. The project was carried out in three phases for a projected total cost of $170 million USD. Phase I is captured in project #23142 and Phase II in #23150.Huawei Technologies and China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) (a subsidiary of China Telecom) were the implementing contractors. The entire backbone project was intended to cover 10,674 km. Tanzania Telecommunications Co Ltd (TTCL) was mandated to manage the National Fiber Optic Backbone. It was also designed to connect to the international submarine cables of EASSY & SEACOM through cross-border connectivity -- namely Kenya (at two points of Sirari na Namanga), Uganda (at Mutukula), Rwanda (at Rusumo), Malawi (at Kasumulo), Burundi (at Kabanga) and Zambia (at Tunduma).The first phase (#23142) covered 7,000 kilometers over northern and eastern Tanzania in cities like Dar es Salaam to Tanga, Moshi, Arusha, Singida, Dodoma, Iringa, and Morogoro and provide connections to Rwanda, Burundi (Manyovu), Uganda, and Kenya (Horohoro). Phase 1 ultimately laid 4,330 km of cable; 2,280 km of which was part of a newly built Optic Fibre Cable (OFC) network and 2,050 km of which was part of an existing OFC network from TANESCO. It started on July 24, 2009 and completed May 29, 2010.The second phase (#23150) was designed to be 3,674 kilometers and link Dar es Salaam to Kigoma, Taborak, Sumbawanga, Mbeya, Songea, Mtwara, and Lindi in Tanzania as well as Zambia and Malawi. Phase II of the project ultimately laid 3,230 km of cable; 3,168 km of which was part of a newly built OFC network and 62 km of which was part of the existing OFC network from TANESCO. The second phase was supposed to increase connectivity to rural villages and reduce costs by approximately 80%. The second phase officially began on August 1, 2010 and completed on October 21, 2015.Phase 3.1 involved the expansion of the existing NICTBB network by connecting Zanzibar and Pemba to the NICTBB, establishing a full-mesh Internet Protocol layer Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP-MPLS) to the existing Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) layers, as well as building a data center in Dar es Salaam. Works officially began on June 27, 2015, ended in June 2016, and the NICTBB was made operational in September 2016.

Number of official sources

10

Number of unofficial sources

9

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Details

Cofinanced

No

Receiving agencies [Type]

Bank of Tanzania [Government Agency]

Implementing agencies [Type]

China International Telecommunication Construction Corporaion (CITCC) [State-owned Company]; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. [Other]; Tanzania Telecommunication Co. Ltd. (TTCL) [State-owned Company]

Loan type

Non-Concessional

Gurarantee provided

No

Insurance provided

No