Tz tele­com takes 4G to Same town

East African Business Week - - NEWS - BY TI­MOTHY KITUNDU

DAR ES SALAAM, TAN­ZA­NIA - Tigo Tan­za­nia sub­scribers in Same Town­ship can now en­joy the fastest In­ter­net con­nec­tion fol­low­ing the ex­pan­sion of the com­pany’s 4G LTE ser­vice to the North­ern Tan­za­nia town (over 500km from Dar es Salaam).

The 4G LTE tech­nol­ogy is about five times faster than the 3G tech­nol­ogy cur­rently avail­able in the mar­ket.

The ex­pan­sion fol­lows the suc­cess­ful launch of the ser­vice in 20 other ma­jor towns across the country, ac­cord­ing to Tigo Tan­za­nia North­ern Zone Ter­ri­tory Man­ager Mr. Henry Kin­abo.

Kin­abo said by mak­ing 4G avail­able in Same, Tigo Tan­za­nia once again demon­strates its com­mit­ment to pro­mote dig­i­tal lifestyle trans­for­ma­tion and its lead­er­ship in de­liv­er­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion in this mar­ket.

The 4G LTE net­work means faster speeds to surf and down load con­tent from the in­ter­net and make Skype calls. It also sig­nif­i­cantly en­hances the cus­tomers ex­pe­ri­ence for video stream­ing or con­fer­enc­ing.

It can also ac­com­mo­date more ap­pli­ca­tions such as video con­fer­enc­ing, high def­i­ni­tion con­tent, video blogs, in­ter­ac­tive games and video down­load­ing on so­cial net­work­ing sites.

Same Town­ship is an im­por­tant com­mer­cial cen­tre for the North­ern Tan­za­nia re­gions. “We hope that the res­i­dents of Same Town­ship, the business com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers will en­joy Tigo’s 4G LTE ex­pe­ri­ence and make their so­cial en­deav­ors on­line even more pleas­ant,” Kin­abo said.

He said, the tele­com firm would also like to in­form their cus­tomers that the prices for the 4G LTE in­ter­net pack­ages are the same as the 3G pack­ages, and also all cus­tomers with 4G LTE line will ben­e­fit from the 10GB free when they con­nect for the first time to the 4G LTE net­work.

“It means that our val­ued cus­tomers need to have a 4G LTE en­able de­vice, ei­ther Smart­phone or router to­gether with a 4G LTE Sim. They can swap or get their 4G SIM from our shop in Same Town­ship,” added Kin­abo.

He said plans are afoot to ex­pand the ser­vice to the re­main­ing re­gions, ef­fec­tively cov­er­ing the en­tire country be­fore the end of Novem­ber.

Tigo Tan­za­nia is the lead­ing inno- va­tive telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pany in the country, dis­tin­guished as a fully-fledged dig­i­tal lifestyle brand. Of­fer­ing a di­verse prod­uct port­fo­lio in voice, SMS, high-speed in­ter­net and mo­bile fi­nan­cial ser­vices, Tigo Tan­za­nia has pi­o­neered in­no­va­tions such as the first Smart­phone in Kiswahili, Face­book in Kiswahili, Free Youtube at Night, Tigo Pesa App and East Africa’s first cross­bor­der mo­bile money trans­fer with cur­rency con­ver­sion.

Tigo Tan­za­nia has cap­tured most of the mar­ket growth in 2014 and 2015* be­com­ing the num­ber 2 operator in Tan­za­nia. Tigo has also launched 4G LTE net­work in Dar es Salaam and 14 cities and will be avail­able in all the ma­jor cities of Tan­za­nia by end of Oc­to­ber 2016.

In the past three years the com­pany has launched over 500 net­work sites bring to over 2000 the to­tal of its net­work sites. It plans to dou­ble its in­vest­ment by 2017 in terms of cov­er­age and ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity net­works for deeper pen­e­tra­tion in ru­ral ar­eas.

With over 11 mil­lion reg­is­tered sub­scribers, Tigo di­rectly and in­di­rectly em­ploys over 300,000 Tan­za­ni­ans in­clud­ing an ex­tended net­work of cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives, mo­bile money mer­chants, sales agents and dis­trib­u­tors.

Tigo started its op­er­a­tions in Tan­za­nia in 1994. Tigo is the com­mer­cial brand of Mil­li­com, an in­ter­na­tional com­pany de­vel­op­ing the dig­i­tal lifestyle in 14 coun­tries with com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions in Africa and Latin Amer­ica and cor­po­rate of­fices in Europe and the USA.

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