Dar es Salaam — The much awaited Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) that is aimed at ensuring and monitoring the movements and safety of cargo started operations on July 1 this year after a three months trial.
Speaking exclusively to East African Business Week in Dar es Salaam last week the Acting Director-Taxpayers Service Mr. Allan Kiula said that ECTS, a system which is being overseen by Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has been on trial in order to prove its capability and safety of consignments in Tanzania.
Umeme recently launched bill payments by Mobile Money together with real-time bank reconciliations, meaning that customers will be able to avoid disconnections caused by delayed payment reconciliations.
Tanzanian government will soon investigate and report back to the national assembly about the stands of ownership of the local mobile phone operator MIC Tanzania Ltd, Tigo.
This comes following the pressure from some members of Parliament who wanted to know why Tigo Tanzania Ltd is wholly owned by foreigners which is contrary to the laws of the country specifically EPOCA Act of 2010.
The entry of Airtel Uganda into the Mobile Money platform is set to generate renewed innovativeness that could yet again send ripples across Uganda's telecom sector.
Early last week, Airtel launched it's mobile money platform dubbed 'Airtel Money' that will enable Ugandans to access liquid cash and convert it to e-money in order to pay bills and accounts, top up mobile credit and receive money across the country's telecom networks.
Kenyan pay television service provider Multichoice Kenya has launched a new mobile decoder into the Kenyan market that will enable its subscribers have access to mobile television services.
The new mobile decoder dubbed Drifta, targeted at mobile television enthusiasts will see subscribers within the firm's mobile network coverage areas in Nairobi, Mombasa and their environs have access to various DStv channels.
StarTimes DTV has by far connected over 200,000 customers in the East African region, the Chief Marketing Officer Star DTV Uganda Kevin Chen has said.
StarTimes DTV is a Chinese-owned digital satellite pay TV and also operates in the East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. In Africa, it operates in about 10 countries and its headquarters are based in Beijing, China. StarTimes officially begun its operations in Uganda in March, 2010 and so far has a customer base of 30,000 subscribers.
The publicly-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Limited (TTCL) is seeking a US$214.67 million credit facility, as it plans to enter into the third privatization attempt. Reports from the TTCL workers’ union revealed last week that an unnamed Vietnamese firm has shown interest in buying the country's telecoms back bone firm.
This will be the third privatization attempt after the first two that ended miserably for Tanzania as the two firms bought in failed to meet agreed terms and scope of work and business targets.
Rwanda will switch to digital broadcasting early next year beating the 2012 deadline African countries set to switch off analogue broadcasting. The development paves the way for the Rwanda government to licence a second signal distributor for a terrestrial digital broadcast network, according to Ignatius Kabagambe, Director General in the Ministry of Information. Kabagambe says in Rwanda the law provides for a maximum of two signal distributors.