Mr. Rene Meza, Managing Director Vodacom Tanzania

Vodacom Tanzania paid Tshs 36 billion in corporate tax in the 2012/2013 financial year. This is an increase of more than twenty times what the company paid over the last three financial years, according to Vodacom Tanzania’s Managing Director, Rene Meza.

“We have been making steady investment in the business over the last few years and are now reaping the results of the investment hence our increased ability to make a bigger contribution to government revenue,” Mr. Meza said.

Other taxes that the company paid to the government in 2012 amount to Tshs 190 billion. These  are:  Tshs  4.5 billion-as  withholding tax,  Tshs 92.3 billion as VAT,  Tshs 51.3 billion as Excise Duty, Tshs 4.5 billion in Regulatory Fees and  Tshs  2.5 billion as  the Universal Communications Services Access Fund  Levy  for 2012.

On how much Vodacom had invested  in the country in 2012, Meza said that his company invested over Tshs 200 billion in the 2012/13 financial year  and that this had allowed his company to double the size of its network as at the end of March 2013.

Vodacom has invested in excess over Tshs 1.3 trillion in the country since its launch in 2000.

He goes on to says that Vodacom fully supports government efforts to ensure that as many Tanzanians as possible have improved access to telecommunications services.  â€œVodacom’s  continued investment in its 3G networks and connection to the National Information Communication Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) is a clear illustration of its commitment to this initiative,” he said.

Vodacom invested Tshs 800 billion in the NICTBB project last year when it connected its northern optic fibre ring i.e. Dar-Arusha- Dodoma to the NICTBB .

“Connection to the NICTBB coupled with our investment in 3G allows our customers to enjoy faster data speeds compared to what they had in the past.  This is a great achievement in the telecommunications sector as we all work towards the provision of broadband access to all Tanzanians.  For, increased access to mobile broadband services will in turn play a major role in the social and economic growth of the country,” Mr. Meza said.

He goes on to say that, “we are currently working on connecting our Western region (Mwanza, Mara, Kagera, Shinyanga, Tabora, Singida, Kigoma, Makambako) and Southern region (Morogoro, Coast, Iringa, Ruvuma, Mtwara, Lindi and Dar es Salaam) to the NICTBB.”

In addition to investing in 3G technology last year, Vodacom successfully launched an LTE trial network on Msasani Peninsular in Dar es Salaam.  This state of the art technology also known as 4G technology allows users to access the fastest possible data speeds in the country today.

Meza further said that Vodacom Tanzania prides itself on the work that it continues to do in the CSR arena. In 2012, the company through its corporate giving arm – the Vodacom Foundation - spent Tshs 9.6 billion on health, education and economic empowerment initiatives in the country. 

The Vodacom Foundation has supported over 120 projects to date, ranging from fundraising for the awareness and eradication of fistula in Tanzania, the provision of teaching facilities to schools, the economic empowerment of women in rural areas to the provision of water to communities in semi-arid areas.