Zanzibar has registered a total of 849,082 SIM cards for both mobile and landline phones, according to Deputy Minister of Construction, Communications, and Transportation, Nadir Abdulatif Yussuf. This figure reflects approximately 446,885 unique users in Zanzibar.

Out of the total registered SIM cards, 439,470 are for mobile phones and 7,415 are for landline phones. This means about 23.6% of Zanzibar’s population uses mobile phones, and 0.4% uses landline phones. According to the 2022 population and housing census, Zanzibar has a population of 1.8 million people.

Deputy Minister Nadir Abdulatif Yussuf shared these statistics while responding to a question from Ameir Abdalla Ameir, a representative from Mwanakwerekwe, during a meeting of the Zanzibar House of Representatives. Ameir had inquired about the number of residents using mobile phones and internet services.

Nadir referred to the quarterly report from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) ending in March 2024, which provides communication statistics. The report indicates that 463,322 users are registered for internet services, accounting for 330,946 unique users, which is about 17.5% of Zanzibar’s population.

“The growth in the digital economy is evident, with success across all sectors as they transition to operating and providing services through mobile networks and the internet,” Nadir said.

Some of these digital services include e-government (e-office), national fiber optic connections (wifi cables), government email services (e-government), payment services through mobile and internet networks (E-Banking, E-insurances), mobile payments, and utility services like water, electricity, and cable TV.

However, Nadir acknowledged that with the improvement in mobile and internet services, there have been challenges, including reports of fraud and cybercrime. The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), in collaboration with security agencies, recognizes these challenges and takes action whenever such crimes occur. They also continue to educate the public on how to avoid becoming victims of online crimes.