The Tanzania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.
Tanzania’s economy has been showing solid growth rates of between 5% and 8% every year since 2000. The International Monetary Fund predicts only a moderate decline of GDP growth to 5% in 2009 as a result of the global economic crisis, before 7% and more will be achieved again from 2011 onwards.
Mining and tourism are main industry sectors. However, the country continues to suffer from underdeveloped infrastructure, including roads, railways, electricity and telecommunications.
The government has actively embraced the principals of competition and a private sector including foreign participation as a means of rapidly advancing economic and social development. Policy reforms have led to the telecom sector becoming one of the more liberal ones in Africa. However, high import tariffs on telecoms equipment and taxes on telephone facilities by various authorities are still placing a burden on investors and operators.
Tanzania has two fixed-line operators (TTCL and Zantel) and seven operational mobile networks, with five additional players licensed under a new converged regulatory regime. With four major operators (Vodacom, Zain, Tigo and Zantel) the mobile market is expected to break the 50% penetration barrier during 2010, but subscriber growth is expected to slow to 20%. At the same time, the average revenue per user (ARPU) continues to fall.
A new converged licensing regime introduced in 2006 has brought a large number of new players into the market. The liberalisation of Voice over Internet Protocol telephony as well as the introduction of third generation (3G) mobile services and wireless broadband networks is boosting the Internet sector which has been hampered by the low level of development of the traditional fixed-line network.
The landing of the first fibre optic international submarine cables in the country in 2009 and 2010 is set to revolutionise the market which up to that point completely depended on expensive satellite connections. In parallel, the government has embarked on a national fibre backbone rollout to connect population centres around the country. However, the cost of international Internet bandwidth has so far not come down by as much and not as quickly as expected.
Market analysis 2010;
New controversial telecoms law passed;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
Consolidation likely among the 12 licensed mobile operators;
ARPU has fallen below US$5 per month for some operators;
Second fibre optic international submarine cable reaches the country;
Government embarks on national fibre backbone rollout;
National telco likely to return to 100% government ownership.
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Tanzania’s telecommunications market. Subjects covered include: