Telma (Telecom Malagasy) is the national Telecom provider in Madagascar, offering a wide variety of phone and internet access subscriptions including banking services to send and receive money transfers via the phone even for those who do not have bank accounts.
Siège Social Alarobia
B.P. 13 Bis - RC Antananarivo N° 2006 B 00601
Telma Fixed: +261 (0)20 2542705
MVola - Mobile Money:
- Tel (subscribers): 807
- Tel (merchants): 803
Recharging Telma cards
Credit for pre-paid Telma accounts can be recharged at Telma shops or via resellers, or by using scratch cards which are sold everywhere in the country. Using scratch cards, the credit is reacharged directly with the phone or via Telma's website at https://www.telma.net/recharge/web/recharge/
Using Telma's website, when a recharge action succeeded, the site's response is La ligne xxx a été rechargée de Ar. Telma vous remercie. When failed, if entering the wrong code for example, the error message returned is technical operation failed – UCIP Error.
Note that numbers for pre-paid Telma accounts expire unless they are used or recharged within a 100-day period. Once expired, and unless the number used has been taken over by a new subscriber, the original number may be restored by completing the relevant form at one of Telma's main sales offices.
Information and reacharge codes
Add calling credit: dial #321*xxx# where xxx is the code from the recharge card.
Check calling credit balance: dial #357#
Buy data (from calling credit): dial #322# then select bundle.
Check data balance: dial #358#
Find own number: #120#
To make an MVola payment, it is necessary to have the phone set up with an MVola account and fill it up with some credit at any Telma office or kiosk. To then make an MVola payment to a holder of another Telma number, dial:
Entre nuumero de tel Destinataire ou: 0 Entrer numero 5 Mvola Eparge 6 Rembourser une Avance 9 Reportoire MVola |_____________________ CANCEL SEND
(enter recipient's Telma number)
Entrer montant |_____________________ CANCEL SEND
Description du Transfert |_____________________ CANCEL SEND
Note: A full description is not possible, only a single reference number or single letter.
Pour accepter le transfert de 150 000 Ar vers Name recepient (034 ....)., Entrer code secret: |_____________________ CANCEL SEND
Votre transaction a reuissi, por enregistrer 034.... dabs votre repertoire MVola, Entrer le nom correspondent ou ignorer |_____________________ CANCEL SEND
Payment has gone through. Click CANCEL. An SMS will be received confirming the payment.
Find the balance of your MVola account:
(replace ???? with your secret code)
An SMS with the balance will be received. Click CANCEL at the next screen.
Note: For security reasons, switch off mobile data and Wi-Fi when performing any MVola actions.
History and key events
Telma's history dates back to 1896 when the first phone line was installed in Antananarivo.
1904, the first phone boxes were made available in the capital.
It was however not until 1971 that the first international call was made.
With advent of the digital revolution in 1995 the internet arrived in Madagascar, initially limited to a slow satellite connection.
2000, a VSAT system was installed improving connectivity.
2004, Telma was privatised.
2005, ADSL was launched and fixed wireless (CDMA) soon followed.
2006, Fiber Optic lines were installed in the capital, and 'Telma Mobile' was launched. In 2008 the National Backbone in Fiber Optics was etablished. The same year, Telma reached one million subscribers!
Thereafter in 2008, mobile internet became available and in 2009 the country's first 3G+ network was introduced, paving the way for the oncoming mobile internet revolution.
2010, Telma connected with EASSy, the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, now providing the country with high-speed access via the African continent.
2011, the MADAREN network connected high schools and universities directly with the National Backbone.
In the same year, MVola and Western Union partnered to make international bank transfers possible via mobile phones.
Since 2012 Telma extended their mobile payment system to allow for water and electricity bills to be paid by the local population.
2013, the Northern Backbone was launched with Fiber Optic cables. The first low cost US$ 100 tablet and 'Telma Star' smartphone were introduced.
2015, Telma lanched the Southern Backbone as well as The Nosy Be Backbone with fiber optic lines. In the same year, 4G mobile internet was made available nationwide.
2016, National Fiber Optic cables were upgraded. Launch of first 4G smartphone priced at $US 70. Launch of Telma in Comores.
2017, Payment of taxes made possible via MVola. Telma Sekolo (school) project begins construction of 50 schools across Madagascar.
The TELMA Foundation, created in 2008, was set up by the TELMA Group to help Madagascar with its social and environmental challenges. The organisation became recognised as a public service in 2011 and was awarded Best Humanitarian Actor in Madagascar in 2013 by United Nations. For more information, visit http://www.telma.mg/fondation and https://www.facebook.com/FondationTelma
- Telma Speeds Content Delivery for Madagascar With PeerApp broadcastnewsroom.com November 2012
- http://www.telma.mg/particuliers/pointvente/index.php - Shops in Madagascar
- http://www.telma.mg/particuliers/couverture/index.htm - National coverage
- http://www.telma.mg/indexpro.php - business packages
- MVola.mg Telma's mobile payment system
- Madagascar connected to EASSy fiber optic cable - news at Sydney Morning Herald (smh.com.au) March 21, 2010
- http://www.telma.mg/images/pdf/Telma_corporate_review_2012-2014_en.pdf (English)
- http://www.telma.mg/pdf/CORPOrate_REVIEW2016.pdf (French)