Zantel offers flat-rate mobile service

17 Aug 2010

Tanzanian mobile services provider Zanzibar Telecom Limited (Zantel) has announced the launch of a new uniform call rate plan to other networks, marking a new wave of competition in the cut throat domestic sector. The East African Business Week newspaper reports that Zantel’s offer called ‘Twanga Kote Kote’ (call anywhere) gives its subscribers freedom to make calls at any time to any network in Tanzania for only TZS1.99 (USD0.00133) per second, down from TZS5.50 per second previously – a 68% reduction. The operator’s move is likely to be followed by other market players, while Peter Saluwati, the Executive Director for the national regulator, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), welcomed the development, saying that lowering the across network charges was ‘good news’ for end users.