Telecommunications sector and economic prosperity are closely intertwined. It is laid down that telecommunications services are largely on the hands of private sector’s controls outnumbering the state-owned investments in the country.
The sector which is believed to be one of the basic dynamic in any country’s prospective trajectory in Tanzania is regulated by the National Telecommunications Policy (NTP) of 1997.
Maktech & Tel Co. Limited was founded by Godwin Makyao in 2001 who has a clear objective of filling the void left in the telecommunications sector and believes that Tanzania will be a leader amongst African nations in digital data usage and Maktech will be there to make that possible and that is how the journey began.
“We provide secure, reliable, affordable and high-quality telecommunication solutions by creating exceptional value and opportunity to our customers, employees and investors,” says Mr. Makyao.
“Maktech offers a wide-range of quality telecommunication engineering services that includes installation of devices in the towers of which it was once performed by only foreign firms. He further unfolded that there were only South African firms that provided those services by then.”
Maktech began with only four staff and for that reason Mr Makyao had to take control of most of the roles from management, driving, to clientele documentation. He said that the company continued growing and extended its workforce to 50 staff by the year 2007 and moved on to even start working with other firms.
“I had to stay put in the office and recruit new staff having seen Maktech gathering pace. Glad that we sourced a number of qualified foreign experts who really did us a big favour and from that point, next thing we know we received more jobs,” he said.
“2010 changed the course of our operations as we started that year with more of maintenance works which is required to keep operations up and running. With our increased growth and a solid team of experts to trust, we afforded both active and passive maintenance in style,” he added.
In the turn of events, the firm’s expansive portfolio solicited its very first own Network Operating Centre (NOC) management through its 24-hours/7 days of the week shifting team. After that major transformation, new members were added into their dedicated team making it to 170 staff.
“As with strong resolve to move to greater heights, in 2009 we set off to Mozambique for discovering untapped investment opportunities and later opened up the Maktech subsidiary only inspired by the fact that some telecoms we worked with in Tanzania had their solid existence in Mozambique as well thus making it easy,” Makyao explained.
Apart from Mozambique, he also opened subsidiaries in Congo DRC, Congo Brazzaville and Ethiopia. They both represent the largest brand of Maktech, however, they might differ in terms of operations in relation to each country’s regulations.
He adds that, “I set a clear goal to expand the horizon of my business region-wide and resolved to span the business across seven African counties by 2024 with currently just two countries to go. Secondly, to showcase local flairs and capabilities in undertaking mega projects that were previously handled by large foreign firms.”
He says 2024 goals attainment to be a threshold of the next move which is to build a stable foundation that would see them transitioning to 5G and 6G technology uptake where the world is currently heading.
Speaking about the Maktech’s goals milestone achieved within its 20 years since inception Makyao feels bold but that doesn’t shrug-off his far-reaching aspirations yet.
“I have an inclination to leave a lifelong legacy in this industry looking at how Maktech has been a good example, referral and orchestrated many others firms. We have proudly achieved our goals to some extent by setting bars for other local firms and we are transforming the technological aspect in the country by bringing in innovative solutions to the arena”.
He further admits that as a company they are yet to fill the underlying void to the full measures but have made significant strides in service provision. He also sees the sector runs short of technological innovations despite the fact that he has his confidence in locally available gifted tech-savvy Tanzanians whose innovations might be used by the present and future generations.
Maktech granted a license to construct mobile network infrastructure
June, 2021 Maktech was granted a license to officially construct mobile network infrastructure and it stands as the first Tanzanian firm to secure that license.
This license will be the beginning of a new chapter in mobile network infrastructure transformations the MNO’s would access these services from a local Tanzanian company – a huge relief as they will cut down cost with Maktech.
Maktech will help reduce cost in an exchange of high-profile and wide-range of services includes towers, NOC, antenna, other telecommunication facilities and technical staff.
In addition to our core services, Maktech has come up with an App called “Tingisha” that connects service providers and end-users in an effort to facilitate service offering to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.
“The App supports Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by providing them with advertisement space. Tingisha creates reliable market and introduces their ventures to potential buyers,” added Makyao. It is dubbed “Tingisha” (Swahili term for shake) as it requires one to shake their smartphone to access the catalogue or specific product he/she is looking for in an App.
Within 20 years of its operation in the country, the company has done great endeavors which give them extra stimulus and energy to continue to excel. The first plan was to build trust and credibility to locals and to showcase our capabilities. In addition, providing employment opportunities to Tanzanians.
With the growing necessity to deliver high quality yet cost-effective solutions to the market, Maktech is well positioned to offer a wide range of services in the telecoms sector to all its clients. The highly qualified technical teams combined with the dedicated and experienced management teams ensure methodical and effectual delivery of all our projects.