Global Voice Group (GVG), an Information Technology (IT) company operating in over 20 countries, with its main offices in Spain and South Africa, has launched a platform to help oversee, protect and promote Tanzania’s telecommunications industry.
With over 40 million mobile network subscriptions reported in Tanzania, the country’s telecom sector forms the backbone of a dynamic and inclusive digital economy.
However, for this sector to fulfil its potential as a real driver of socio-economic development in Tanzania, it requires a system that can effectively oversee, protect, and promote the telecom industry to the benefits of all Tanzanians.
As such GVG has launched what is known as the Telecom Traffic Monitoring System (TTMS).
“With the official transfer of ownership of the TTMS infrastructures and systems from GVG to the TCRA, one should not forget that the TTMS project itself, and the innovative vision behind it, has always belonged to the TCRA and the government of Tanzania,” said GVG CEO, James Claude, who attended the Tanzania Handover Ceremony that took place in Dar es Salaam this month.
The event was attended by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr John Magufuli, the director general of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Mr James Kilaba as well as other high-ranking government officials.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mr Kilaba revealed that through the TTMS system, the TCRA had collected over Tsh93 billion (about $40.4 million) in revenue over the five years from 2013 to 2018.
Mr Claude said that the benefits, both immediate and long-term, offered by the TTMS are vast. He explained that the TTMS strengthens the role of the TCRA and government, not only as regulators and policy-makers, but also as well-informed promoters of ICT growth and development in Tanzania.
“The system’s mobile money oversight component allows authorities to oversee these fast-growing services and to monitor their regulatory compliance as well as their security, reliability and quality for Tanzanians, especially the unbanked ones for whom mobile money represent essential services for their financial inclusion,” says Mr. Claude.
Mr Kilaba reported an increase in mobile money transactions from Tsh8.5 trillion ($3.7 billion) per month recorded in 2007 to Tsh11.6 trillion ($5 billion) in 2017.
“The device identification component provides effective means to fight against counterfeited, stolen and non-compliant devices that adversely impact on Tanzanian consumers and the handset market in Tanzania, while raising public safety and national security concerns,” added Mr Claude.
“This cutting-edge platform represents a solid foundation on which to build new exciting capabilities, and this handover is just another milestone for the TTMS project. Under TCRA’s leadership, this project will continue to evolve and expand its capabilities,” he concluded.