Liquid Telecom obtains regulatory approval for the acquisition of Tanzania’s leading ISP Raha
6 January 2017
Liquid Telecom has received the final regulatory approval to close its latest transaction in Tanzania and has become the majority stakeholder of Raha, Tanzania’s leading Internet Service Provider.
Raha today serves over 1500 businesses as well as a growing number of retail customers with a range of connectivity solutions, including fibre, satellite, WiMAX and WiFi. The acquisition provides Liquid Telecom’s enterprise and wholesale customers with direct and faster access to Tanzania and to all Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.
Tanzania will become the latest market to be added to Liquid Telecom’s extensive fibre network, which is the largest of its kind serving eastern, central and southern Africa, spanning over 40,000km across 12 countries.
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) approved the agreement on December 8, 2016.
Raha operates a metro network throughout the Central Business District (CBD) of Dar es Salaam as well as other areas of the Tanzania capital. It also operates WiMax and WiFi hotspots in over 150 locations across the country, including the cities of Arusha, Moshi, Mwanza, Mbeya and Tanga.
Relaunching as Raha 2.0, the company has built a dynamic and innovative reputation amongst Tanzania consumers and businesses, and last year collected the prestigious Brand of the Year Award (Africa) at the Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA).
Internet penetration in Tanzania has increased rapidly in recent years reaching 34% in 2015. Mobile subscriptions increased by more than 24% in 2015 to 39.8 million, while the number of internet users rose 52% year-on-year to reach 17.26 million last year, according to TRCA.
Source: Press Release