The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has published its ‘Telecommunications Statistics from 2000 to June 2009’ report, showing the country was home to a total of 14.723 million subscribers by the end of June 2009. The incumbent cellcos collectively added a net 840,000 subscribers in the three months to 30 June, with market leader Vodacom attracting 251,143 new users for a mid-year total of 5.921 million. Second place went to Zain which signed up a net 330,583 new users for a total of 4.435 million, however it faces an uphill task if it is to reach its stated goal of six million customers by the end of this year. Third place operator Tigo boosted its base by 314,565 to 3.264 million, although Zantel Mobile – once the nation’s fastest growing cellco – shipped 43,820 customers during the period for a total of 986,670. Meanwhile, the mobile arm of fixed line operator TTCL lost a net 9,000 subscribers in the second quarter for a total of 111,713 and three-year-old Benson Informatics Limited (BOL) had 3,500 subscribers, up 500 since the start of the year.
In the fixed line segment, the TCRA reported 179,849 main lines in service as at 30 June 2009, up from 123,809 at the start of the year. TTCL claimed the lion’s share – 166,379 – with Zantel’s fixed line division claiming the remainder.