- Celtel Tanzania
company_name = Celtel Tanzania
company_slogan = Celtel - Making Life Better.| key_people = Michael Foley -
company_type = Public
foundation = November, 2001
Kinondoni, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
industry = Communications Services| products = One
Network, One Office , Blackberry, GPRSbundle
homepage = [http://www.tz.celtel.com/en/ tz.celtel.com]
Celtel Tanzania Limited is the largest
Telecommunicationscompany in Tanzaniabased on coverage area in the country. It is also the second largest Telecommunicationscompany in Tanzaniaafter Vodacom Tanzaniabased on total wirelesscostumers with about 1.7 millionusers (26% market share) by August 2007.
The company is the part of Celtel International, the pan African
mobile operatorand the largest mobile service provider in Africaoutside of South Africa. Celtel Tanzania is the pioneerand part of the "One Network", the world's first borderless [ [http://www.businesstimes.co.tz/kurasa.php?soma=people&habariNamba=270] Celtel goes borderless, seamless in East Africa] networkacross East Africa. Celtel Tanzania was the first Telecomcompany to launch GPRS/EDGE [ [http://www.tz.celtel.com/en/about-us/news/index.html] Celtel introduces first GPRS/EDGE service in Tanzania ] service in Tanzanian Market on April 3 2006. In 2007, Celtel Tanzania was awarded the "Most Respected Company Award in the Information Communication Technology" (ICT) category in Tanzaniain the Nation Media Group-cum- PricewaterhouseCoopersSurvey for Most Respected Companies in East Africa[ [http://www.businesstimes.co.tz/kurasa.php?soma=people&habariNamba=270] Celtel goes borderless, seamless in East Africa] .
Since October , 2004 , Celtel Tanzania has been the only
mobile operatorthat's provides cellularservices in many regionsof the country. The company has been focusing on connecting ruralareas while offers its servicesin TSH. It was claimed that Celtel Tanzania planned to complete country coverage in three years time. Celtel Tanzania consistently increases its subscribereach year since its commenced operationsin 2001.
The company was found in November, 2001 and was the fifth entrant into a highly competitive
cellular marketin Tanzania. Over the last couple of years, Celtel Tanzania has grown to become the networkcoverage leader in the country and it has the widest roamingcoverage amongst all mobile operatorsin the country. Celtel Tanzania has its executive headquarter in Celtel House , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Celtel Tanzania came into existence in the country as the result of partial
privatizationof TTCLon February 23, 2001. This was one of the first steps towards full liberalizationof the market. In the aftermath, CelTel International, at that time MSI, which has its headquartersin Amsterdam, Netherlands, together with Deteconfrom Germany, obtained 35% shares from the Government of Tanzania[ [http://web.si.umich.edu/tprc/papers/2007/711/VanGorpMaitland_TPRC07_TZ.pdf] Market Liberalization Strategy: 2001-Present] . Thus, the consortium (Celtel International and Detecon) took over Boardand Managementcontrol of TTCLand thus made it essentially an autonomous company. Celtel is currently owned by sub group originating from UAE.
Celtel Tanzania was licensed as the
mobile operatorin the country in November, 2001. The licensewas the result of Tanzania Communications Commission ( TCC ) to decide and to change its zonal licensesinto national licensesin 1998. The changes was due to the fact that the numbers of subscribersin the country was very low (i.e. a total of 37,940 in 1998) and operatorswere concentrating on a few zonesonly (i.e. the coastal area near Dar es Salaamand Zanzibar).
Celtel Tanzania Partnership
privatisationof Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited( TTCL ) Celtel International was in partnershipwith Deteconof Germany. The two companies invested an initial $60 millionin TTCLin February 2001 for a 35% shareholding in TTCL. In the new partnershipwith TTCL, Celtel International agreed to be bound by independent "Expert Determination" in the aftermath of a poor financial performanceof TTCLfor the year 2000. Based on this "Expert Determination", Celtel International made an additional $4.96 millionpayment.
In early August 2005, Celtel Tanzania and
TTCLwere legally separated, allowing each to administer its own financialand businessoperations. In this new formally signed agreementbetween the Tanzanian Government and Celtel Tanzania, TTCL's shareholding structure remained unchanged, with the government of Tanzaniaholding 65% and Celtel International the remaining 35%. In the aftermathe, Celtel Tanzania's structure was changed so as to follow the government’s decision to sell a 25% stake in the cellco to Celtel Internationalfor USD28 million[ [http://www.telegeography.com/cu/article.php?article_id=8683&email=text] Celtel and TTCL part company] .
June 29, 2007, Celtel Tanzania has been the coverage leader in Tanzaniahaving its footprints across all the regionsin the country. The Celtel Tanzania’s world class networkallows more individuals from ruraland towns within the country to access to vital communicationservices.
The native Celtel Tanzania
networkcurrently consists of all Tanzanian regionsand predominantly uses the EDGE/ GPRSand GSM900/1800/400 MHz. Through acquisitions of EDGE/ GPRS, which was first introduced in Tanzanian marketby Celtel Tanzania, all subscribersanywhere in the Celtel Tanzania coveragearea are enabled to access the internetvia their laptopsor via their appropriate Celtel cell phoneto downloaddata onto their handsets.
Celtel Tanzania has the widest
roamingcoverage amongst all mobile operatorsin Tanzania. The company has voice roamingand data roamingwith 249 networksin more than 115 countries worldwide [ [http://www.tz.celtel.com/en/phone-services/roaming/coverage/index.html] Celtel Tanzania Roaming coverage] .These figures has been increasing every year. The widest roaming networkallows Celtel Tanzania to cover the major businessand touristdestinations in Tanzaniaand abroad .
In 2006, Celtel Tanzania achieved a world's first in the
technologyfield with the launching of the Celtel’s borderless or seamless networkin East Africa. The "One Network" allows subscribers to continue to use their own cellularnumbers at local tariff rates and to top up using local recharge vouchers. That has never been happen anyway in the worldbefore.
In addition to "One Network", Celtel
customerscan access the Internetjust as easily and faster via One Office service. In June 2007, Celtel International announced plans to add three more Celtel country networksto its "One Network". The additional countries are Malawi, Sudan(where it operates under the Mobitel brand), and Zambia[ [http://craigeisele.wordpress.com/2007/09/02/celtel-plans-one-network-cellular-network-for-african-continent/] Celtel Plans ‘One Network’ for Continent] . Speaking in Dar Es Salaamin August 2007, Celtel Tanzania marketingdirector Margaret Kositany claims that Celtel focus to make Africaone village.
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