The number of SIM Cards subscriptions in Tanzania rose by 3.6% from 61.9 million recorded in March 2023 to 64.1 million as at end of June 2023 according to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) report for the quarter ending 30th June 2023.
According to the report, Vodacom enjoyed the lion’s share with the telecom’s subscriptions hitting 19.1 million subscriptions accounting for 30 percent of the total subscription followed by Airtel and Tigo that accounted for 27 percent of the subscriptions respectively.
“There is no operator with market share greater than 35% which is a minimum significant level. This signifies that there is a healthy competition among the operators in the telecommunication sub sector,” the report says.
According to the telecom regulator, the fourth quarter of 2022/2023 has experienced a significant increase of subscriptions compared to third quarter which had an additional of 1.6 million Sim cards compared to 2.2 million additional SIM cards of the quarter.
“The reason for the increase is associated with the re-registration of barred Sim cards of the last quarter because of not being verified. The increase might also be associated with increased use of digital services,” the report shows.
Dar es Salaam ranked first accounting for 18.41% of all active subscriptions (11.8 million SIM Cards) while Mwanza ranked second accounting for 6.63% of all active subscriptions (4.2 million SIM cards)
Arusha and Mbeya regions ranked in the third and fourth place respectively accounting for
6.02% and 5.75% of all active subscriptions respectively.
Dodoma ranks fifth in the top ranking regions accounting for 5.34% of all active subscribers (3.4 million SIM cards).
Regions with the lowest subscriptions are North Unguja with 0.09% of all active subscriptions (58,591 SIM cards), South Unguja with 0.14% of all active subscriptions (88,169 SIM cards) and North Pemba with 0.15% of all active subscriptions (99,065 SIM cards).