Tanzania to offer bill for telecom infrastructure sharing

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Tanzania has seen positive growth in the telecom sector over the past few years and despite the growth, prices and connectivity continue to be an issue for users.

In an effort to streamline the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, Tanzania announced it is planning to introduce a new law aimed at compelling telecom operators in the country to share infrastructure in an effort to reduce costs, increase quality and connectivity.

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) said that the new system is expected to come into play by 2016, “after consultations with all major players.”

The regulator said the “move is also aimed at enhancing digital coverage to under serviced areas where rolling out infrastructure is expensive.”

The TCRA has already initiated a series of induction workshops with the major operators in the country and TCRA director, John Nkoma, hopes this will assist in the development of a new mobile sector that will be beneficial to all residents.

“the adoption of the new system is inevitable due to the increase demand in the communication sector, especially the use of Internet”, Nkoma said.

Tanzania has seen positive growth in the telecom sector over the past few years and despite this growth, tarrifs and connectivity continue to be an issue for users.

Joseph Mayton