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Telecommunications in Africa$
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Eli M. Noam

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102017

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102017.001.0001

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(p.113) 5 Tanzania
Telecommunications in Africa

M. L. Luhanca

Oxford University Press

Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL), a public-switched telephone network (PSTN), is the official provider of message transmission services in Tanzania. Basic provisions include voice mail, digital information exchange, and radio connections. Despite these developments Tanzania has seen congested networks, inadequate trunks, low maintenance of facilities, lack of staff training, late and faulty billing, and insufficient switching capacities. Because of these issues, there has been some innovation in callbacks or call re-originations, mobile cellular phones, data and paging links, express mail, and internet access. In addition to these inventions Tanzania has seen various restructuring programs that mainly involve regulations from government, the promotion of effective and efficient leadership among organization members (those who belong in the telecommunications commission), and the alleviation of data traffic.

Keywords:   Tanzania, telecommunications, PSTN, data transmission, innovation, technological advancement, congestion, government

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