Tigo and UhuruOne sign 4G Internet deal in Tanzania

Tigo npatterson FlickrPartnering with Tigo, UhuruOne hopes to make Internet more widely accessible across Tanzania. (Image source: npatterson/Flickr)Tanzania’s mobile service operator Tigo has partnered with a local wireless Internet provider, UhuruOne, for 4G LTE services

The two companies have entered into a Data Virtual Network Operators partnership, through which UhuruOne will expand its wireless broadband service nationwide using Tigo’s capacity and network resources of its 4G LTE network.

“The 4G technology launch between Tigo and UhuruOne will improve the quality and coverage of its networks and bring world class products and services to customers,” said Diego Gutierrez, general manager of Tigo.

UhuruOne hopes to make the Internet accessible to a wide range of Tanzanians, from fishermen to students and hospital personnel, said Rajab Katunda, the company’s executive chairman.

Tanzania has recorded a 3.64 per cent growth in the number of new mobile subscribers in Q1 2015. A report by the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority indicates that 1.166mn new subscribers were added during the quarter, raising the total number of subscribers in the country to more than 33mn.

Currently, the country has six mobile services operators- Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, Zantel, Benson Informatics and Sasatel.

Smart Telecom, a service provider that entered the Tanzania telecommunications market in 2014, has announced that it will soon launch a brand new 4G TD-LTE technology in Tanzania. The company is expected to use 2300 MHz band to allow users to enjoy faster speeds when surfing the Internet and using other data services. Smile Communications and Tigo already offer LTE service and this is expected to increase competition.

Mwangi Mumero

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