- Vodacom Tanzania
company_name = Vodacom Tanzania
key_people = Romeo Kumalo -
num_employees = 438 (as at March 31, 2006.) [ [http://www.telkom.co.za/pls/portal/docs/page/contents/minisites/ir/ar2006/ReviewOfOperations-Tanzania.pdf] Review of operations – Vodacom Tanzania ]
company_type = Public
1999( Started commercial operations August 15, 2000)
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
industry = Communications Services| products = Wireless:
3G HSDPAData Card, 3G HSDPA USB Modem, Booster Card, VodaFASTA, VodaChoice, VodaJAZA,Toll-free, Corporate Talk, People's phone, Vodago, Tsh Vouchers, Foreign Vouchers and Vodashops
homepage = [http://www.vodacom.co.tz/ vodacom.co.tz]
Vodacom Tanzania Limited is one of the largest
telecommunicationscompanies in Tanzania. As for January 18, 2007, Vodacom Tanzania had its 3 millionth customer and became the largest wireless telecommunications networkin Tanzania(based on total wireless customers) followed by Celtel Tanzania. Vodacom Tanzania is the second telecomcompany in Africa, after Vodacom, to switch on its 3G High-Speed Downlink Packet Access(HSDPA) which was available only in Dar Es Salaamin early 2007[ [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G] 3G, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia] .
Vodacom Tanzania always compete on advertises heavily to the youth market. In this way, the company has been using some
swahili slangto coin and marketing its products such as VodaFasta, VodaFlava and Kama Kawa (Kama Kawaida)Fact|date=September 2008. Historically, they have also pioneered new features; they were the first and exclusive Tanzanian carrier to launch video call, video messagingand 3G HSDPAUSB Modem. As for January 11, 2008, Vodacom Tanzania was again the first and execlusive company to provide a free E-mail ID via a phone number[ [http://www.vodacom.co.tz/docs/docredir.asp?docid=3277] free E-mail from Vodacom ] .
The company was created in late
1999as a subsidiarycompany of Vodacombased in South Africa. Vodacom Tanzania is a joint venturein which VodacomGroup owns a majority share portion of about 65%, the remaining portion is owned by Tanzanian shareholdersthat include Capsian Construction Ltd and Planetel Communications Ltd [ [http://www.vodacom.co.tz/] Company Profile ] .By August 2000, the company completed its GSM infrastructureand went live on August 14, 2000. Vodacom Tanzania announced officially its commercial operations on August 15, 2000. Vodacom Tanzania became the largest mobile operatorin the country within one year of launching and remains the largest mobile communications network operatorin Tanzaniaup to date.
Vodacom Tanzania has its executive headquarter in 14th Floor PPF Towers Garden Avenue / Ohio Street in
Dar Es Salaamand maintains operational and engineering branches in many regions in Tanzania. The company has active roamingagreements with many network operators in the world that include T-Mobile USA, Inc in USA, vodafoneLtd in UKand BPL Cellular (now Vodafone) in Kerala, India[. [http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/roa_tzvo.shtml] Vodacom Tanzania Limited - Roaming Partners ] . The company distributes its products and services through a number of Super dealers and Vodashops. Vodacom is acceptable short name for the company within the country.
Vodacom Group was licensed in December
1999to operate a GSM cellular networkin Tanzaniaand formed the subsidiarycompany Vodacom Tanzania Limited. The Group also has operations in Lesothoand the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC).
When Vodacom entered in
Tanzaniathere was one GSM900 MHz cellular operator, Tritel, on the mainland of Tanzaniawith 15 to 20,000 active subscribersand another which was operating exclusively on the island of Zanzibar. There was also an analogue cellular network operator, MIC Tanzania Limited (tiGO), with active subscriberbase of 40 to 50,000. tiGo was known as Mobitel when started its operation within the country in late 1993. There was also one government owned fixed-line telecommunicationsoperator, Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited, TTCL. Vodacom Tanzania was the third licensed network operatorin Tanzaniaand became the largest mobile communicationsnetwork operator in the country within one year of launching.
Vodacom Tanzania Partnership
It has been claimed that Vodacom Group has a habit of choosing
politiciansand their friends as business partners to extends its operations on the continent [ [http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=304613&area=/insight/insight__national/] Vodacom's elite network ] . It was reported by The Mail & Guardian that Mozambican President Armando Guebuzahad become a shareholder in Vodacom Mozambique.
Vodacom Tanzania was
licensedin Tanzaniawith its local partners Planetel Communications holding 36% and Caspian Construction holding 16%. Later Planetel decreased its stake to 16%, while Caspian’s increased to 19% [ [http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=304613&area=/insight/insight__national/] Vodacom's elite network ] .
A representative of Caspian on the Vodacom Tanzania board is businessman-politician Rostam Aziz, a close supporter of President
Jakaya Kikwete. At the time Vodacom was licensedin Tanzania, neither man was quite as powerful as now. Kikwetewas Foreign Ministerand Aziz had yet to occupy any formal position in Tanzanian politics.
While spreading its political bets, the CCM's and the former
Speaker of Parliament Pius Msekwawas granted Vodacom Tanzania’s non-executive chair between 2003and 2005. When Vodacom Tanzania hosted a “VIP gala night” to bid farewell to outgoing president Mkapa in December 2005, Msekwa attended, presumably in both capacities.
The native Vodacom Tanzania network operates on the dual band
GSM1800 MHz and 900 MHz. The network was fixed in 2000by Siemens Telecommunicationsbased in South Africa. It was claimed that the 900 and 1800 GSM networkwas extremely hi-techfor mobile telecommunications in Africa, with an IN platform as well as various managementand maintenanceplatforms [ [http://www.cellular.co.za/news_2000/news-06162000_siemens_tanzania.htm] SIEMENS WINS SECOND CONTRACT IN TANZANIA] . The network coverage extends in the geographical radius of many regionsin the country.
2006Vodacom Tanzania deployed The VectaStar wireless transmission equipment and the backhaul network was commerciallly operated in the same year. Operating in the licensed 10.5 GHz spectrum band, the network is covering the areas of Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, Moshiand Mwanza. Vodacom Tanzania has highly improved customer service levels which uses IVRtechnology. As such, Vodacom customers are now served in two languages, Kiswahiliand English [ [http://www.cambridgebroadband.com/pdf/mi05sep06.pdf] VODACOM TANZANIA AWARDS CAMBRIDGE BROADBAND MAJOR NEWRADIO TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT CONTRACT ] .
september 28, 2007the extent to which Tanzania’s population is covered with telecommunicationservices remains unclear. This is due to the fact 100% regional and district coverage in terms of Points of Presence for let say Tanzania Telecommunication Limited, TTCL, does not indicate how deep it goes from there to different villages [ [http://web.si.umich.edu/tprc/papers/2007/711/VanGorpMaitland_TPRC07_TZ.pdf] Paper submitted for the 35th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) in Arlington, Virginia, September 28-30 2007] .
Vodacom Tanzania mainly resides and operates in
Tanzania mainlandand the company acts as a mobile virtual network operator(MVNO) on the mainlandfor ZanTel. ZanTel has its own network in Zanzibar, and has made an agreement with Vodacom Tanzania to use the latter’s facilities on the mainland, and thus, essentially to provide national roaming.
East Africa, Vodacom Tanzania has its footprintswithin Tanzaniaand it has roaming arrangements with a number of East African carriers, such as MTN Ugandaand Safaricom Kenya. The free-roaming zone in East Africa, between Kenya, Tanzaniaand Ugandawas formed on February 2, 2007. Similarly to "One Network", world's first borderless networkacross East Africa, launched by Celtelin September 27 2006[ [http://www.tz.celtel.com/en/about-us/news/index.html] Celtel launches One Network: The world’s first borderless mobile phone network] , the free-roaming zone anables its subscribersto roam free between these countries, thereby scrapping roaming charges [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ECZ/is_2007_Feb_2/ai_n17167999] Vodacom Tanzania forms free roaming zone with MTN Uganda and Safaricom Kenya] , making callsand sending SMSat their home tariffand receiving incoming callsand SMSfor free. It also enables them to recharge with their own voucherswhen travelling outside of their home country.
2008, Vodacom Tanzania prepaidcustomers have only restricted roaming privileges (except for Kenya and Uganda roaming). While international roamingis available to all post-paid customers, it must first be activated through customer service. Once provisioned, charges for callsand SMSmade and received while on international roamingare then added to customer's monthly post-paid accountback in Tanzania. The company has International Roaming through partnerships with 288 live networksacross 140 countries and territoriessuch as Keralain India[ [http://www.vodacom.co.tz/docs/docredir.asp?docid=3303] Vodacom Tanzania International Roaming ] via BPL Cellular. The newest roaming destinations include Chinaand Germany. In GermanyVodacom prepaid customers are allowed to roam with Vodafone D2.
3G technologywas part of a $126 million broadbandtechnology roll-out and part of $1.3 million capital expenditure programmeto extend the networkof Vodacom in Tanzania as of December 2006. Again Siemens Communications based in South Africawas awarded a contractby Vodacom Tanzania to deliver and installthe complete 3G networkincluding HSDPA(High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology.This is the second 3G networkto be set up by Siemens in Southern Africa and it is claimed to be the first truly high-speed mobile broadbandconnectivity available in Tanzania. Siemens Communications was already responsible for building the 3G networkfor Vodacomin South Africa.
3G technologywas officially used in early 2007, the technologyand required frequencysupporting 3Gservices was in operational since early December 2006as a testing phase to optimize the network[ [http://www.iweek.co.za/ViewStory.asp?StoryID=171183] Vodacom 3G hits Tanzania ] . The company planned to extend the 3Gcapabilities to other regions of Tanzaniain the aftermath of successful assessmentof the first 3Groll-out. Vodacom Tanzania is the first in East Africawith such technology and it is claimed that 3G HSDPAgives a major competitive advantage to customers.
Plans for WiMAX
Among other network operators in Tanzania, Vodacom Tanzania has a plan to deploy
WiMAXtechnology. Others include TTCL, MIC Tanzania Limited (tiGO)and ZanTel. As for September 28, 2007, Celtel Tanzaniacould not indicate any plan for WiMAXroll-out.
Vodacom Tanzania's plans for
WiMAXwas followed by spectrumguaranteed by regulatorfor 3.5 GHz. The guaranteed spectrum will be used for targeting datatransfer for corporate sector in major cities within the country.
Currently Vodacom Tanzania is using Cambridge Broadband’s VectaStar equipment. This equipment can be deployed to
backhaultraffic from both, mobile and data networks, including GSM, 3Gand WiMAXsites. Actually, the equipment was fixed by Cambridge BroadbandLimited as per radio transmission equipment contract. Vodacom Tanzania awarded the major radio transmission equipment contractto Cambridge BroadbandLimited in September 5, 2006[ [http://www.cambridgebroadband.com/pdf/mi05sep06.pdf] VODACOM TANZANIA AWARDS CAMBRIDGE BROADBAND MAJOR NEW RADIO TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT CONTRACT ] .
Other Telecom Companies In Tanzania
MIC Tanzania Limited (tiGO)
Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited
Celtel Africa Challenge
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