The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is a quasi independent Government body responsible for regulating the Communications and Broadcasting sectors in Tanzania. It was established under the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Act No.12 of 2003 to regulate the electronic communications, and Postal services, and management of the national frequency spectrum in the United Republic of Tanzania. The Authority became operational on 1st November 2003 and effectively took over the functions of the now defunct Tanzania Communications Commission (TCC) and Tanzania Broadcasting Commission (TBC) respectively..


The Online Type Approval System (OTAS) has been established to enhance type approval process through electronic means. The aim of Type Approval is to control the standards of communications equipment entering the United Republic of Tanzania. It is therefore important for manufactures, importers and vendors of communications equipment to make sure their equipment undergo TCRA’s Type Approval process before such equipment are imported for use in the United Republic of Tanzania