TTCL joining Tanzania’s mobile money sector

3 May 2016

State-run Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) is entering the country’s competitive mobile money transfer services market, currently served by four well-established providers, Vodacom, Tigo, Airtel and Zantel. Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen writes that TTCL will utilise an unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) technology platform to roll out mobile money services before mid-year, according to company officials, having contracted a payment technology provider, Novatti Group, to supply equipment worth USD850,000. TTCL public relations manager Nicodemus Mushi told The Citizen: ‘TTCL has been lagging behind because it lacked requisite features like the value added service that comprises mobile money transfer that the majority of customers are looking for in their phones, but we are in the process of installing it.’ The spokesperson noted that mobile money formed part of TTCL’s ongoing transformation, having begun its migration from 3G CDMA to 4G LTE with its limited commercial 4G launch in parts of Dar es Salaam in December 2015, planning full LTE coverage across the capital and other areas by the end of this year.