Tanzania: Mobile operators Register 800,000 New Subscribers in First Quarter

Telecoms

Mobile companies registered 837,883 subscribers in the first quarter of this year, bringing to 13.885 million the number of cellular phone users compared with the previous quarter.

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority Status of the Telecom Market for March 2009 shows that Tigo had 384,925 new users. But with about 2.95 million subscribers, it remained number three among the six networks.

"Vodacom is still leading the market, accounting for 40 per cent of total subscriptions though its share dropped by one per cent compared with what it held in the last quarter of 2008," showed the report.

Vodacom registered 261,683 new subscribers during the first quarter of this year, bringing to 5,670,122 the number of subscribers.

Zain, which maintained its second position in the market, recorded 242,508 new subscribers during the same period, making its subscriber base reach 4,104,879 customers.

Zantel Mobile lost 27,162 subscribers during the period, decreasing the number of users to 1,030,490. However, the number of customers in the company's fixed lines rose to 11,879 from 7,544 subscribers.

TTCL Mobile had 15,429 new subscribers, bringing its subscriber base to 121,233 customers. Benson Informatics had 500 new subscribers who made the company's total number of service users 3,500.

The Citizen