TANZANIA’S TCRA ISSUES NEW WIDER ICT LICENSES

Telecoms

Tanzania has introduced a new type of licence, which allows a licensee to provide to end users a range of electronic communication services including among others payphone services, Internet and videoconference.

The Director General of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Professor John Nkoma said that one of the license categories under the Converged Licensing Framework is application service.

"This type of licence allows a licensee to provide to end users a range of electronic communication services including among others payphone services, internet, video conference, voice, data, VoIP, Multi-Media and calling cards to end users," said Prof. Nkoma.

"After evaluating the applications and being satisfied that they have met all requirements including sufficient resources to provide application services, the authority, as required by the TCRA Act, 2003, we consulted the Minister for Infrastructure Development on the issuance of the licences," said Prof. Nkoma at the award ceremony.

He further said that the minister then approved issuance of the licences to the four licensees, "including Benson Informatics Limited who will be migrating from public data communication network and services and three new Application service providers.

Some of the companies that received national application licence included Benson Informatics, Clearline Communications Tanzania Limited, Hotspot Business Solutions Limited and Wavetek Communications Limited.

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