New licensing regime allows for multiple services over single network

23 Jan 2006

Tanzania’s industry regulator, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), has introduced a new licensing regime which permits multiple services over a single network, paving the way for much needed competition in the country. The announcement has been welcomed by alternative operator Six Telecoms Company Limited (6 Telecoms). ‘This has opened the door for 6 Telecoms to enter the market and build an advanced international access network that links Tanzania to the world using more efficient technologies,’ said Rashid Shamte, the Director and Chief Executive Office of 6 Telecoms. The TCRA has awarded Shamte’s company an International Network Facilities Licence, an International Network Service Licence and an Application Service Licence allowing it to offer: voice services, roaming signalling and SMS traffic from Tanzania to the rest of the world, provision of international transport of voice traffic, roaming signalling and SMS transport to four local GSM operators in Tanzania, provision of access to international carriers to terminate voice traffic, roaming, signalling and SMS traffic from various countries into Tanzania, and calling cards. Shamte added that Tanzania now has three international gateway operators, which is ‘higher than any East African country where are still state-run monopolies that a historical a hindrance to economic progress,’ he said. Zanzibar Telecommunications (Zantel) was permitted to operate international gateway services in mainland Tanzania in early 2005, alongside state owned national PTO Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL).