MNOs reduce voice standard tariffs in Q1 2020

25May 2020
Francis Kajubi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
MNOs reduce voice standard tariffs in Q1 2020

VOICE tariff per minute popularly known as pay as you go or standard tariff declined across all mobile network operators in the market so too was internet connection tariffs.

TCRA director general, engineer James Kilaba.

Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority said in its latest report for the first quarter of 2020 that there has been a gradual decrease in charges for making direct calls without subscribing to a bundle.

“Vodacom Tanzania charged its subscribers 113/- per minute on net as of end March this year which was down from 270/-; Tigo charged only 77/- down from 261/- while Airtel charged 51/- down from 219/- during the same period,” the TCRA report stated.

It further explained that for off net voice tariff, last year Vodacom charged 330/-, Tigo charged 348/- and Airtel charged 330/- per minute but the charges have decreased to 113/-, 77/- and 51/- respectively,” reads part of the report.

Meanwhile internet traffic slowed down both to and from the East African region, the TCRA report indicated with internet traffic falling to 2.81 million from 3.25 million during the period under review. However, overall traffic from the EA region fell to 4.22 million this year compared to 5.98 million during the corresponding quarter of 2019.

The TCRA first quarter report further unveiled that mobile money value of transactions increased in the quarter to 9.02trn/- from the 7.82trn/- registered during the corresponding period last year.

The report shows that mobile money accounts increased to 27.13 million from 22.8 million over the same period with M-Pesa registering an increase by 0.10 million to 9.08 million, making Vodacom Tanzania Plc continue leading the market with a subscription share of 37 percent.

On network performance categorization, TCRA shows that the state owned Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) has been improving in attracting more new mobile money subscribers who increased to 825,888 from 385,053 during the period.

Halo Pesa increased the number of subscribers to 1.85 million from 1.34 million while Zantel’s EzyPesa lost nearly half of subscribers to 388,523 from 538,063.