Vodacom Tanzania Acquires Smile Communications Tanzania: A Closer Look

Vodacom Tanzania’s recent acquisition of Smile Communications Tanzania has stirred discussions in the telecom industry. This deal marks a significant move for both companies and is expected to influence the telecom landscape in Tanzania. In this post, we’ll delve into the details, implications, and data insights surrounding this acquisition.

Details of the Acquisition:

Vodacom Tanzania has acquired Smile Communications Tanzania for TZS 68.8 billion (£22 m/€25m). This acquisition comes just two years after Saudi investors invested over $235 million in a rescue deal for Smile.


Vodacom aims to leverage Smile’s extensive 4G LTE network, which covers areas such as Pwani, Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, and Arusha. This will enable Vodacom to offer reliable and robust internet and voice services to its substantial customer base.

Between The Lines:

Despite Smile’s limited market share, with 15,171 telecom subscribers as of March 2023 (0.025% market share), this acquisition is expected to have a minor impact on Vodacom’s market share growth. The focus seems to be more on the strategic expansion of Vodacom’s network coverage and service offerings rather than immediate market share gains.


Data Insights:

According to the latest data from 2022, Vodacom leads the Tanzanian telecom market with a 39% subscription share. Tigo follows with 26%, Airtel with 22%, Halotel with 9%, and TTCL with 4%.

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Vodacom Tanzania’s acquisition of Smile Communications Tanzania represents a strategic move to expand its network coverage and enhance service offerings in key regions. While Smile’s market share is relatively small, its 4G LTE network and infrastructure present valuable assets for Vodacom’s growth strategy. It will be interesting to see how this acquisition shapes the competitive landscape and customer experience in the Tanzanian telecom market in the coming years.