Alink to offer VoIP in Tanzania


Alink Telecom (T) Ltd, launched recently after re-branding its trade name from Datel (T) Ltd, has given the market two new products enabling customers to call international destinations at relatively low prices.

The new products are Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Kibaro VoIP, the lowest tariff of the market, enabling customers to save up to 80 per cent on international communications and free voice communications.

The products, apart from complete visibility of call record, have simple and transparent invoicing with complete compatibility telecommunication devices.

Specializing in broadband internet access like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and data transmission, the firm has major branches in 16 countries including Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Liberia, Mali, Niger, South Africa, Benin, Ghana, Guinea and Tanzania, and subsidiaries in 33 other countries.

The company, part of the Pan-African group of companies in the Africa-Atlantic Group based in West Africa, is re-branding to consolidate its position in the market. Its group chairman Joel Cader says it aims to become the leading Pan-African alternative telecom solutions provider over the next few years.

Cader says that in the coming year the company will reinforce its presence in 16 countries where it has branches, by creating nine new subsidiaries. It will expand its activities in three new countries with the creation of five new subsidiaries, bringing Atlantic Group into 19 countries with 47 operational units, he said.

In Tanzania the company was established in 1996 as a joint venture between the Tanzania Telecommunications Co. Ltd (TTCL) and France Telecom under the name of Datel Telecoms (T) Ltd. The government owns 25 percent shares, France Telecom 65 and company staff hold another ten percent of the shares.

During the past 11 years the firm has managed to offer quality services through support by an international group, enabling Alink Telecoms to access significant technical and financial resources.

Alink Telecom (T) Ltd has invested over $800,000 towards upgrading its technology since early last year, to enhance availability, reliability and total performance of its network, the group chairman noted.

In order to be able to provide more update and quality services, the company has migrated to the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) licence scheme of international application services. This will allow it to offer VoIP, video conferencing, e-mail hosts as well as calling cards.

"Alink Telecom (T) deploys only qualified technical teams for field support, nationally and internationally, an aspect of procedure distinguishing Alink Tanzania to the corporate customer from its competitors. Our professional, qualified and experienced teams deliver technological solutions adapted to the real needs of the customer in terms of support, scalability and service," says the chairman.

In order to meet the requirements and demands of the current market, Alink Telecom (T) Ltd now offers Kibaro Internet and its range of internet high speed solutions, "which gives comfort of broadband surfing in conjunction with specific requirements and budget of every customer," he elaborates.

The Citizen