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Dar cell phone charges among worlds highest

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    BY GEOFFREY NANGAI
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    TANZANIA remains one of the countries in the world with the highest call rates for its cellphone subscribers according to the latest Annual Communications Monitoring Report released yesterday.

    On the same vein Tanzania remains near the bottom of the heap, along with the other nations that include New Zealand, Lesotho and Azerbaijan in traffic volume per subscriber.

    “Mobile voice traffic per subscriber in New Zealand still remains amongst the lowest in the world with New Zealanders making an average of 79 minutes of voice calls per month compared to 120 in Australia and 198 in the UK.”

    Indeed, the report says, New Zealand is near the bottom of the heap, along with Tanzania, Lesotho and Azerbaijan – indicating that all that was thought they’ve got cheaper, voice plans are in fact still too expensive, dissuading many people calling on their mobiles as much as those in other developed countries.

    The new report that covers a broad range of issues, and market trends in the telecommunication sector however noted that off-net pricing remained high in many countries including Tanzania as a result on-net calling while using of the Short Message Service (SMS) has increased drastically in recent years.

    “Telecom companies have of recent offered discounts to reward customers for calling or texting others on the same network but on-net plans are a barrier to new entrants” the report cited.

    The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Corporate Communications Manager Innocent Mungy in a telephone interview with this paper declined to comment on the report because he had not seen its details but emphasized that the country’s market price is determined by forces of demand and supply.

    Said he: “We do not have the mandate to set call prices for the telecom companies. This can only be determined by the forces of demand and supply.

    “The only role we play is to ensure that telecom companies adhere to the set interconnection rate. As of the report, I cannot say much about it until I read it thoroughly,” he stressed.

    But a top official from one of the country’s leading cellular networks who spoke to The African on the matter on condition of strict anonymity said it was not fair to compare Tanzania with countries whose telecommunication sectors are at advanced stages.

    “The country’s telecommunication sector is still so young as compared to the developed world. Secondly we have different infrastructure set ups. Where as providers in the developed world we play on a levelled ground, we in the developing nations incur additional costs such as setting up the necessary infrastructure.
    “With this kind of working environment, definitely our rates have to be slightly higher,” the source said.

    The telecom companies are already engaged in a price war in a bid to increase their market shares that has seen of recent seen customers enjoy what is said to be ‘affordable communication’.

    The war that was sparked off by Tigo as it lowered its call rates to Sh1 per second on-net, was later taken on by the other three cellular service providers and has seen providers drop rates to a half and a quarter shilling per second across the same networks.

    Analysts however believe the price war that has recently rocked the sector could in a long run discourage future investments in the country in the once fastest growing industry as well as lead to poor services to subscribers due to network congestion.
    The Zantel Chief Executive Officer Norman Moyo, in a statement last year said the unfair price war will lead to reduced investment in telecommunications infrastructure, severe quality deterioration due to high network congestion and significant loss in profitability,”

    He cautioned players to be cautious as companies would fill the pinch of the reduced price cuts in the next 18 months.
     
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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Niliweka article kwamba serikali haipati kodi za kutosha toka makampuni ya simu

    Sasa tunalipa kuliko nchi nyingine wao wanapata tax breaks...
     
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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    Ndio maana Vodacom wako bize kila siku kuchangia madawati na makorokoro mengineyo kuwahadaa umma kwa sababu hawalipi kodi.
    They are making soo much money.
     
  4. Nyani Ngabu

    Nyani Ngabu Platinum Member

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    Mimi kuna watu niliwaambia kuwa wanakuwa ripped off na hayo makampuni lakini kama kawaida, they dismissed my point saying that I was comparing the US to Tanzania. How exactly bad that comparison was, is beyond me.

    Wewe mtu unaweka vocha ya shilingi elfu tano lakini inaisha kiajabu ajabu tu bila hata kuelewa. Huo ni wizi wa mchana kweupe.
     
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    ndetichia JF-Expert Member

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    ndo maana wanajitia kutoa misaada kila siku ili tusistukie...
     
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    ngwendu JF-Expert Member

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    mbona hela kubwa hivyo, na wewe ni walewale nini? mimi siijui hata rangi na hiyo vocha. tumezoea za jero tu. Bila shaka na wewe ni kafisadi. buku 5 si mchezo kwani ni bajeti ye wiki ya miilo.
    nikweli makampuni yanatuibia sana na hasa voda na zain. hawa ni wezi wakubwa kabisa. siku hizi nimezitupilia mbali lile zao.
    na garama zao ndo zinazotufanya tuwe top high charging countries in the world.
     
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    VIKWAZO JF-Expert Member

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    Sio hivyo tu hata ukiwa nje ya nchi kuwapigia ndugu zako simu ni bei kubwa sana kulinganisha hata na wenzetu wa Philipino, India , Pakistani na South Africa,
    cha kushangaza ni hayo hayo makapuni yanafanya kazi hata kwenye hizo nchi, lakini yanapokuja bongo tunalipishwa karibu mara 4 ya nchi nyingine, na hiyo TCRA ni moja ya mamlaka zetu zisizo na mpango, wanaweza kufanya ni kusajili namba za simu tu lakini mambo ya bei wanahacha tumalizwe, wanajua kabisa hakuna cha market force hapa nyumbani hizi huduma bado hazina ushindani wa kutosha,
    KAMA SERIKALI HAITAANZISHA MAMLAKA YA KUMLINDA MTUMIAJI WA HUDUMA HAPA BONGO TUTAMALIZWA,
    hii sio kwenye simu tu nadhani kwa wanaofuatilia habari mwezi miwili iliyopita kulikuwa na mvutano kati ya polisi na makampuni binafsi ya zima moto, kuhusu ghalama zao kuwa juu sana karibu mara 20 ya ghalama wanawoingia katika kutoa hiyo huduma, kwa maana nyingine wanatengeza faida kwa 2000%
    watanzania tutazidi kuwa masikini maana wafanyabiasha ni hawa viongozi wetu hakuna hatakaye tutetea
     
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    Kibanga Ampiga Mkoloni JF-Expert Member

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    Tuache unafiki BAJETI ya MJI gani mwenzetu? hata ukila uwanja wa FISI kwa wiki ni zaidi ya 5,000/=.
     
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    Habdavi JF-Expert Member

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    Hivi ule utaratibu wa makampuni ya simu kuorodheshwa kwenye soko la hisa umeishia wapi? Ni bora hata tungekuwa tunafanya investment kama hizo na sisi tuone faida ya kampuni hizi.
     
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