ZANTEL TO OPERATE ON MAINLAND TANZANIA NEXT FEBRUARY

Telecoms

Zanzibar-based mobile phone company ZANTEL will start operations in Tanzania Mainland next February, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has announced.

The TCRA Public Relations Manager, Isaac Mruma, said ZANTEL, which has been struggling for years to expand its services to the Mainland, would be free to do so when the monopoly over use of communications links that the Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) enjoys expires.

Mruma said one of the conditions in the lease agreement of TTCL was that all other mobile phone companies had to use its satellite centre at Mwenge in Dar es Salaam as their gateway. He said presently, ZANTEL is barred from using its devices because of that legal agreement which is still in force until February next year.

"From February next year each mobile phone service provider will be free to provide services countrywide without using the TTCL's facilities," he said. ZANTEL rejected to use the TTCL gateway because it has its own gateway for both local and international calls located at Amani in Zanzibar.

Guardian