Regulator to license new fixed line operator

17 May 2006

Tanzania’s telecoms regulator, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), is today expected to provide a fixed line services licence to Benson Informatics Limited (BOL). The company’s managing director Vinay Chondary told local newspaper the Daily News that the TCRA had approved the award of licences for both wireline and wireless services, adding that his company would ‘start operating officially within the next three months, after securing the licences.

Mr Chondary said that BOL initially plans to roll out fixed line coverage to Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Dodoma and Zanzibar, although the regions of Mwanza, Tabora, Shinyanga, Tanga, Morogoro, Kilimanjaro and Singida are set to follow. In the mobile arena, Chondary said new services would be launched in January 2006: ‘Our services would be provided using the new technology Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) – that also offers Internet Protocol services.’ BOL currently provides wireless internet services and claims to have about two million customers. It hopes to sign up 50,000 new voice customers in the first six months.