Mobile operator Tigo has launched LTE services in Tanzania.
Diego Gutierrez, general manager of Tigo Tanzania, said that the telco was committed to improving the quality and coverage of its network in Tanzania.
Tigo’s LTE launch was welcomed by mobile users. Isaac Ernest, a social communications consultant based in Dar es Salaam, said: “The Tigo 4G has been a God-sent to me because, unlike the 3G that I have been using before, I can now do video streaming without the video getting stuck; the network access has no buffering and the skype calls are much better and clearer.”
Hellen Elibariki, a Tour Guide based at the Northern Tanzanian tourism city of Arusha, popularly known as ‘the Geneva of Africa’, said: “Working in the tourism industry means I have local and international contacts that need fast and efficient communication. The Tigo 4G has really simplified my communication with my contacts because now am able to transfer large data faster, conduct clearer and seamless skype calls and give my contacts, especially prospective tourists, large amounts of up-to-the-minute information about our services and this has started boosting our business”.
Early this year, Tigo announced an increased annual investment of US$120 million a year on infrastructure improvement and expansion, which is 20% higher that Tigo’s annual spend in the past three years.