Telecommunication Statistics as at September 2007

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 1.  Trends of Telephone Subscribers in Tanzania 1995 - September 2007   

By 30th September 2007, about 7.7 millions Tanzanians (at most) owned telephone lines. This is an increase of about 12% from June 2007. The mobile telecommunication leads the market by having more subscriptions (98%) as compared to fixed line services (2%). For more details see Table 1 below.

   Table 1: Subsrcibers as at 30th September 2007 

YEAR FIXED LINES MOBILE TOTAL
1995 88,000 2,198 90,198
1996 101,000 3,200 104,200
1997 114,600 20,045 134,645
1998 121,769 36,143 157,912
1999 150,220 50,100 200,320
2000 173,591 110,518 284,109
2001 177,802 275,557 453,359
2002 161,590 606,859 768,449
2003 147,006 1,298,000 1,445,006
2004 148,360 1,942,000 2,090,360
2005 154,420 2,963,737 3,118,157
2006 157,287 5,609,279 5,766,566
Sep-07 160,964 7,562,827 7,723,791

       

2.  Growth Pattern & Teledensity (Population Coverage)
 
While the population of Tanzania is growing at the rate of 2.7% annually, the annual number of Tanzanian subscribing for a Telephone lines grows at an average rate of 47%.

    

Though, the subscription is growing at higher rate than that of population, yet there is still a huge gap as shown in figure1 above. The figure shows clearly that the larger population of Tanzanian individuals (at least 80.6%) do not have telephone lines. Table 2 below gives a detailed summary of population and subscriptions.

   Table 2: TANZANIA POPULATION Vs SUBSCRIPTIONS 

YEAR
POPULATION
SUBSCRIBERS
NON SUBSRCIBERS
1995
29,147,703
90,198
29,057,505
1996
29,963,838
104,200
29,859,638
1997
30,802,826
134,645
30,668,181
1998
31,665,305
157,912
31,507,393
1999
32,551,934
200,320
32,351,614
2000
33,463,388
284,109
33,179,279
2001
33,756,093
453,359
33,302,734
2002
34,161,166
768,449
33,392,717
2003
34,876,231
1,445,006
33,431,225
2004
36,049,581
2,090,360
33,959,221
2005
37,267,530
3,118,157
34,149,373
2006
38,523,907
5,766,566
32,757,341
Sep-07
39,816,363
7,723,791
32,092,572

   

Graphical presentation of the underserved population of 32 millions people (80.6%) against telephones lines 7.7 millions (19.4%) is as depicted below

      3.  Subscribers per Operators (2000 - June 2007) 

The trend of subscriptions among the operators over the period does not demonstrate high competition. Vodacom is leading the market in terms of number of subscribers with 48% of all subscribers (50% last June). Celtel ranks the second with 29% (28% last June) followed by Tigo (13%, 12% last June), Zantel (7%, the same as in June) and TTCL (3%, 2% last June).

 Table 3: below shows the number of subscribers per operators from the year 2000 to June 2007   Table3: SUBSCRIPTIONS PER OPERATORS 

Year TTCL (Fixed) ZANTEL TIGO VODACOM CELTEL TOTAL
2000 173,591 4,007 56,511 50,000 - 284,109
2001 177,802 6,501 89,056 180,000 - 453,359
2002 161,590 26,770 160,000 300,000 120,089 768,449
2003 147,006 68,000 210,000 700,000 320,000 1,445,006
2004 148,360 85,000 303,000 1,050,000 504,000 2,090,360
2005 154,420 96,109 422,500 1,562,435 882,693 3,118,157
2006 157,287 355,993 760,874 2,975,580 1,516,832 5,766,566
Sep- 2007 233,890 553,975 992,036 3,693,062 2,250,828 7,723,791

     

Figure 4 below shows the subscribers growth pattern over the period of six years. The growth tends to converge to around 50% by September 2007.

  

As it is shown in the figure, up to September 2007 subscription growth for all Operators is dropping except for TTCL which is shown to be increasing. Table 4 below gives a detailed summary of Growth Pattern per each Operator.

 

  VODACOM TIGO CELTEL ZANTEL TTCL
2000-2001 260% 58%   62% 2%
2001-2002 67% 80%   312% -9%
2002-2003 133% 31% 166% 154% -9%
2003-2004 50% 44% 58% 25% 1%
2004-2005 49% 39% 75% 13% 4%
2005-2006 90% 80% 72% 270% 2%
2006-Sept2007 24% 30% 48% 56% 49%

  

 

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