Millicom confirms its commitment to Zanzibar Telecom

Ken Banks Kiwanja mobileZantel will launch the first 4G LTE network in Zanzibar. (Image source: Ken-Banks)Millicom Group plans to begin a comprehensive network modernisation following its recent acquisition of Zanzibar Telecom

Chief executive officer Africa division of Millicom group, Cynthia Gordon said the move is expected to improve voice, data and network modernisation for enhanced capacity and better quality of service.

“Millicom will be supporting significant growth and expansion of the company’s operations in the country aimed to help Zantel lead the market in Zanzibar with the most innovative service, and of course increase its coverage and improve connectivity,” said Gordon.

Zantel chief executive, Benoit Janin, who also attended the conference, said Zantel is going to launch the first 4G LTE network in Zanzibar, which aims to enhance Zantel's broadband and customer experience.

Millicom aims to strengthen its relationship with the government of Zanzibar, which retains a 15 per cent in Zantel and ensure its nurtured for the betterment of the people of Zanzibar.

"As a leading telecom operator in Zanzibar, we can’t emphasize enough how important our partnership with the Zanzibar government is, and through that our commitment to the people of Zanzibar," said Rachel Samrén, who is executive vice president, external affairs at Millicom and the chair of Zantel’s new board of directors.

"It is because of this that Millicom will ensure the Zanzibari community is empowered through various corporate social responsibility projects."

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