Vodacom   United Republic of Tanzania

In December 1999, Vodacom Group (Pty) Ltd. won a bid to operate a GSM cellular network and provide Public Land Mobile Network Services (PLMN) in the United Republic of Tanzania and formed the subsidiary company Vodacom Tanzania Limited.

By July 2000, Vodacom Tanzania completed its state of the art GSM infrastructure and went live August 14, 2000. Within the first four months of operations 50,000 subscribers were connected.

In September 2004, Vodacom connected its one millionth customer and the company continued to grow rapidly. In September 2005, the Government of Tanzania introduced the converged licensing framework, which was meant to enhance the provision of communication services in the country thus bringing in the concept of technology neutrality.

As leader in the telecommunications market, in February 2006, Vodacom Tanzania took a bold decision to negotiate converting its PLMN license into the new licensing framework.

In March 2006, Vodacom Tanzania, recorded its two millionth customer. In July 2006, Vodacom Tanzania was granted three major service licenses in the Communications Sector namely, Network Facilities License, Network Services License & Application Services License, with the authority to provide a range of communication services, voice & data combined both nationally & internationally.

This opened a new era for increased investment and a more focused provision of quality communication services to the people of Tanzania. In January 2007, Vodacom reached another milestone as it connected its third million subscriber, and became the first mobile network in Tanzania to post such a huge subscriber base. Today, 10 years later we have over 10 million subscribers and still counting.

Vodacom Tanzania is a subsidiary company of Vodacom Group (Pty) Limited, South Africa which is also a subsidiary of Vodafone Group UK. Vodacom Group (Pty) Limited owns a majority share portion of 65%, the remaining 35% is owned by Tanzanian shareholder, one Mirambo Ltd.