Tigo aims to become Tanazania’s biggest 4G network

Tigo aims to become Tanazanias biggest 4G networkAround eight per cent of Tanzania’s population now owns a smartphone. (Image source: UNMEER/Flickr)Millicom last week announced the launch of its new 4G wireless network for Tanzania

The international telecommunications company said the new network will initially be available to Tigo customers in the Masaki and Mlimani districts of the nation’s capital, Dar es Salaam.

The high-speed internet network will then be extended, covering the whole of the city, as well as the regional capitals of Arusha, Moshi, Dodoma, Morogoro, Mwanza and Tanga, by August 2015.

Tigo’s general manager Cecile Tiano said, “This will make us by far the biggest 4G network in Tanzania and once again demonstrate our company’s commitment to the digital lifestyle transformation, as leaders in delivering cutting edge technology and innovation in this market.”

Smartphone usage has grown exponentially in Tanzania in recent years, with around eight per cent of the population now owning a mobile device capable of accessing the internet, according to a survey by the Pew Research Centre.

The move will increase the Internet speed over the existing 3G network by up to five times, allowing customers to make online calls, access high-definition content and stream and download data.

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