Tigo Tanzania has unveiled brand new 4G LTE technology, which according to the telecom operator, will make it the largest and fastest Internet network provider in the country.
Speaking at the launch, Tigo Interim General Manager Cecile Tiano said: “This once again demonstrates our company’s commitment to the digital lifestyle transformation and its leadership in delivering cutting edge technology and innovation in this market.”
According to the operator, the 4G LTE network is set to provide faster speeds to surf and download content from the Internet as well as make video calls. The new technology is, according to Tigo, about 5 times faster than the 3G technology.
4G LTE technology is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data. It has the capacity to efficiently transfer large amounts of data at an unparalleled speed. It can also accommodate more applications such as video conferencing, high definition content, video blogs, interactive games and video downloads on social networking sites.
As smartphone use is growing in Africa, 4G technology enables users to experience increased speed and quality of internet access.
“Today’s launch covers Masaki and Mlimani City areas within Dar es Salaam but our plan is to fully cover the city by end of July, ensuring quality coverage in Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke in places such as Upanga, Posta, Tegeta, Mbagala, Tabata, Kimara, Mbezi, Ukonga, Salasala, Mikocheni, Msasani, Sinza and so on,” Tiano explained.
“We will also launch 4G in Arusha, Dodoma, Morogoro, Moshi, Mwanza and Tanga by end of August. This will make us by far the biggest 4G network in Tanzania,” Tiano added.
According to the mobile operator, it is committed to improving the quality and coverage of its network in Tanzania.
Tigo recently announced plans to invest US $120 million in 2015 on its network expansion and improvement. The investment includes scaling up its 3G sites and fibre network countrywide to make the internet accessible to more users.