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Govt building telecom traffic tracking system

Discussion in 'Biashara, Uchumi na Ujasiriamali' started by BabuK, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. BabuK

    BabuK JF-Expert Member

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    As a strategy to contain revenue collection in the sector and increase its contribution to the national income from the current 2.1 percent, the government is finalizing the establishment of a telecommunication traffic monitoring system.
    “We cannot continue to rely solely on data and information from private companies…we need to track the number of calls made and the amount of revenue collected ourselves…” Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa asserted and announced that the system is expected to be effective by December this year.
    Prof Mbarawa was speaking during the launch of a two-day workshop for communication stakeholders from 50 African countries, organised by Six Telecoms Company.
    Four successful bidders from among 23 who tendered for the project, will build the tracking system at Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority premises. According to the Minister, the communication sector contributed just 2.1 percent in the government revenue kit in this past financial year compared to Kenya’s 10 percent and Uganda’s 5.2 percent.
    A study conducted across East Africa in May this year, revealed that Tanzania provides better mobile phone services compared to other member states.
    “We have directed the companies to shift from current technology and start using the submarine fibre optic cable…” he said and highlighted that currently, some 7,560 kilometers of the fibre cable are in use.
    The first phase funds to construct the fibre optic cable were provided by the government while the second phase was completed through a loan agreement with China.
    Prof Mbarawa explained that the third phase construction of data storage centres is due to begin in the near future and funding will come from stakeholders, government and other development partners.
    Six Telecoms Head, Rashid Shamte however noted that despite construction of the optic fibre cable, the number of people using it is still small and urged Tanzanians to come up with businesses that will increase the number of internet users.
    The government is expected to take the lead by the creation of an e-government system as the main source to accessing information.
    Mid this year, Deputy Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, January Makamba gave two weeks to TCRA to talk to mobile phone companies on ways to increase tax contributions and improve services. Makamba explained that the companies currently pay ‘too little compared to the revenue they collect’ from the increasing number of mobile phone users.


  2. Mwanahisa

    Mwanahisa JF-Expert Member

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    Kama Tanzania ndio imekua kinara kwenye huduma bora za simu Afrika mashariki ni dhahiri hata mapato ni mazuri pia. Iweje mchango wa kodi uwe kinyume? 2.1% wakati jirani 10% na 5% hii ni manyoya kama kuku ameshaliwa.
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    Mpaka 2015 mbona tutabanana hapa hapa? Haya yote yanajulikana ila tulikuwa tunayakunjia uso. Time has come up now.