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TCRA rebukes mobile trio over abrupt tariff changes

25 Feb 2015

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is set to take measures against Tanzania’s three largest mobile operators by subscribers, namely Vodacom, Airtel and Tigo, for ‘substantially’ reducing the prices and data allowances relating to their daily, weekly and monthly voice, SMS and data bundles earlier this month, without prior regulatory consent. All Africa cites TCRA communications manager Innocent Mungy as saying: ‘TCRA is not regulating promotional tariffs, but the law directs [telecoms providers] to notify us prior [to introducing changes] … [changes should be] gradual and not abrupt, to avoid shocks in the markets.’

The TCRA has issued a public notice, indicating it will: ‘take the necessary regulatory measures to ensure that service providers comply with the law. Section 5(2) and 12(2) of the Electronic and Postal Communications (Tariffs regulations) of 2011 require service providers to file their new tariff plans with the authority prior to their being used. The authority shall impose penalties as shall be necessary.’

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