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Why Tanzanian Internet Access Prices Have Not Decreased with the Arrival of SEACOM?

Discussion in 'Biashara, Uchumi na Ujasiriamali' started by Ng'azagala, May 10, 2011.

  1. Ng'azagala

    Ng'azagala JF-Expert Member

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    nilikuwa najaribu kutafuta majibu ya hii issue nikaona haya maelezo.

    Recently, Ory Okolloh (aka @kenyanpundit) asked a pertinent question on Twitter, that I would paraphrase as: "Tanzanians - what are your thoughts on why Internet access prices not dropping and speed still slow, even after undersea fiber cables landing at Dar es Salaam, as compared with other countries, especially Kenya?"
    I happened to see this tweet while meeting with a major Tanzanian ISP and posed the question to them. Their answer is enlightening for everyone in the ICT space. Essentially, its a failure in regulation and transparency with the national fiber optic backbone infrastructure.
    Tanzania fiber cable history
    Back when SEACOM and EASSy were in the planning stages, the Tanzanian government entered into an agreement with the Chinese government to build a National Information Communication and Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) to transport that bandwidth nationwide. The national network was designed and installed by Huawei and connects most of the major population centers to the landing points at Dar es Salaam. So far so good.
    Pricing at SEACOM landing point
    Trouble began when the government gave Tanzania Telecommunications Company TTCL, the incumbent national telecommunications operator the monopoly rights to manage the backbone, as evidenced by bandwidth pricing. SEACOM will sell 1 Megabyte per second (Mbs) of bandwidth at $230 USD per month at its landing point in Dar. If an Internet Service Provider wants to use another bandwidth provider, they can get it for as low as $175 for 1 Mbs per month at the SEACOM landing point.
    Companies that connect their network infrastructure at the SEACOM landing point have dropped prices and increased bandwidth speeds. Mobile phone companies now offer great plans like Airtel's 3GB of mobile data for $10 and the Holiday Inn Dar es Salaam has the fastest hotel bandwidth in Africa.
    Transmission is the issue
    ISPs operating outside of Dar es Salaam still have a transmission problem - how to get bandwidth to the paying customer? TTCL charges a flat $180,000 per year to transport Internet bandwidth across the country. In addition, to connect to the backbone requires custom Huawei routers because of the way Huawei built the network. These specialized routers cost $18,000 and take 6 months to manufacture. By comparison, a similar Cisco router for standard network architecture is $8,000 and in stock across Dar.
    If ISPs want to buy the bandwidth from TTCL rather than transmitting it on their own, its $700 for 1Mbs per month in Dar and $900 per month in Arusha. If you think TTCL's $470 per Mbs per month mark up extreme, it gets better. TTCL has a 20-year agreement with SEACOM for bandwidth that averages out to less than $65 Mbs per month.
    Regulation is the problem
    The excessive markups by TTLC should not come as a surprise to anyone in the African telecom industry. Incumbent telcos have been using their monopoly position for rent seeking for years now. What is surprising is that this is happening in Tanzania. The mobile operator marketplace is open and very competitive - there are several private operators fighting for market share. In other industries, government-run companies were privatized and markets liberalized, unleashing a privitization economic boom that the country is still enjoying.
    Yet with TTCL, the Tanzanian government has given one company a monopoly power, which that company is using to monopolize the bandwidth transmission market, keeping Tanzanian citizens from enjoying the African bandwidth bonanza.
     
  2. K

    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    same garbage inayoendelea TANESCO naona wameileta na huko TTCL,dawa ni kuondoa hiyo monopoly tuu maana wanaofaidika ni wao tuu huku wananchi wakiumia bila sababu,kuna mtu anaweza kunipa sababu kwanini hakuna kampuni zaidi ya TANESCO inaruhusiwa kuuza umeme kwa wananchi?
     
  3. tatanyengo

    tatanyengo JF-Expert Member

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    Serikali yaTanzania ina maneno mengi kuliko matendo. Tuliposikia habari ya Mkongo tuliamini ya kuwa bei za mawasiliano ya simu na internet zingeshuka! Tumesubiri mpaka tumechoka, mamlaka nazo ziko kimya.
     
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    Danniair JF-Expert Member

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    sina uhakika na bei hizo ila ninavyojua ni kuwa kwa pesa ile ile ya before SEACOM, TTCL wameongeza kiasi cha MB kukifanya dabo. Je hiyo si bei chini? mf zamani tulinunua 1gb kw BBand kwa tsh. 30,000, sasa bei ni hiyo hiyo ila tunapata gb 2
     
  5. BONGOLALA

    BONGOLALA JF-Expert Member

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    can you ask yourself,who re owners of seacom?then u ll come up with an answer!its karamagi,rostam,kahama do you expect price reduction from list above?
     
  6. Zasasule

    Zasasule JF-Expert Member

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    yeah.we still experince high prices,different from what we expected!!
     
  7. Dar_Millionaire

    Dar_Millionaire JF-Expert Member

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    Swali ni tufanyeje ili kulazimisha bei zishuke?

    Mfano watumiaji wa internet Tanzania tukiunda umoja ili kuibana TTCL na TCRA mnaonaje?
     
  8. newmzalendo

    newmzalendo JF-Expert Member

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    serikali haina matumizi ya internet,ni watanzania wachache wanatumia internet,pindi wananchi wakitumia internet kwa wingi nchi itabadilika itakuwa haitawaliki angalia north Africa etc.
    same to umeme issues ni watanzania wachache wanatumia internet.na serikali imechukua wachina wa huwawei ili itakapobidi ifanye control ya internet access itaweza kiurahisi kama ilivyo china kwa sasa.

    laiti kama wangekuwa na nia ya dhati wananchi watumie internet na kuelimika wangeweza kabisa kuuza internet at a cost price ya seacom na kodi zetu zikafidia uendeshaji wa internet
     
  9. Abdulhalim

    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    The fact kwamba hamna unlimited access hiyo bei bado iko juu. Waizi wakubwa hawa.
     
  10. Kang

    Kang JF-Expert Member

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    Hizi thread ziko ngapi? Anyway bei imeshuka sana tangu cable ije.
     
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