The number of people with mobile phones in Tanzania reached 3.88 million by the end of March 2006, up from just 126,646 back in 2000. Vodacom Tanzania led the way with 2,082,500 subscribers, ahead of Celtel with 1,067,000, MIC Tanzania (Tigo) with 509,846, and Zantel with 230,000.
The upsurge in popularity of mobile services has had a negative impact on fixed line services though. By May 2006 the number of fixed line telephone users had fallen to 145,000 from 154,420 at the start of the year. People have been quick to take advantage of the increased convenience and availability of wireless services and are switching away from traditional copper wire services.