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Madagascar-based Axian Group plans to invest USD500 million in Tanzania following its acquisition of Millicom International Cellular’s operations in the East African country, reports Bloomberg. Earlier this month Millicom agreed to sell the entire unit, which includes Tigo and Zanzibar Telecommunication (Zantel), to a consortium led by Axian, a pan-African group that was part of...

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The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has announced it has suspended the new data tariffs offered by the country’s mobile operators, following criticism from customers that they are too high. The Citizen reports that telecoms firms revised their prices for voice calls, SMS and data services in order to align their tariffs with new regulations published by...

The government has signed a contract worth Sh2.4 billion with Mozambique that will see Tanzania’s National ICT Broadband Backbone being extended to the southern African nation, a minister said. The project includes the construction of the fibre optic layout, power and transmission equipment, the mechanical building, the guard booth and the fireplace. The minister for...

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South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Saudi investors are in talks to avoid a potential liquidation of pan-African operator Smile Telecoms Holdings, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. If PIC, which owns a minority stake and is a creditor to Smile, fails to reach an agreement over an outstanding put option with the...

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The government is working out a plan that will see it charging WhatsApp calls in efforts to recoup the revenue it has been losing due to falling international trafficking charges.  In principle, telecommunication firms had been earning a lot each year from international call charges. However, since WhatsApp calls became a household name, the amount...

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The Tanzanian regulator is keeping the pressure on telecom companies. It remains determined to guarantee people a high quality telecoms experience. Airtel Tanzania Plc, MIC Tanzania Plc (Tigo), Viettel Tanzania Plc (Halotel), Vodacom Tanzania Plc, Zanzibar Telecoms Plc (Zantel) and Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) were fined 38.1 billion Tanzanian shillings (USD 16.4 million). On Wednesday February...