Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has announced it has entered a partnership with Tigo Tanzania to launch 5G services and to fully modernise and expand the existing 4G network across the country. 5G is now live in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Zanzibar and will be gradually rolled out across the country at strategic locations. Ericsson is currently upgrading Tigo’s existing 4G network with RAN products and microwave solutions (MINI-LINK 6000). Leveraging the latest energy-efficient products from the 5G Ericsson Radio System portfolio, Tigo’s network is being expanded and upgraded to increase network capacity, providing the benefits of a fast and reliable connection. Ericsson will also optimise Tigo’s network by deploying AI-enabled Cognitive Software to align network performance with strategic objectives.

‘We have witnessed outstanding progress so far; the performance of the network has been elevated, and the customer experience has been greatly enhanced by the modernisation and expansion of the existing 4G network and the launch of 5G in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Zanzibar,’ said Kamal Okba, CEO at Tigo Tanzania, adding: ‘Tigo Tanzania and Ericsson are working to roll out the service to other regions and the rest of the country. This is a major milestone for the nation and the African continent where we are committed to grow and expand our reach in collaboration with our partner, Ericsson. Every improvement made to our network is a step in the right direction to support the Digital Tanzania Project and ensure the initiative realises its goals to increase access to broadband internet services and improve the delivery of connected services.’

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