Minister of State in PMO responsible for Investment, Angella Kairuki said in Dodoma this week that deployment of 4G LTE network technology will provide ultra-fast digital services for voice and data to customers hence contributing to growth.
Kairuki said the launch of the fourth generation network proves that the ‘new Airtel’ is committed to fulfil a number of conditions as per agreement reached by the telco and the state earlier this year. “I’m very delighted to see the ‘new Airtel’ develop in terms of network and infrastructure because I as Minister responsible for Investment learns a lot when I see this kind of investment,” Kairuki noted.
She said the government of President John Magufuli wants good pace for investors to continue doing their business comfortably across the country hence has put in place a conducive environment to facilitate such progress.
“We are all aware that Airtel Tanzania and the government made a new agreement earlier this year whereby government owns 49 percent of shares of the company while Bhart Airtel owns the majority stake,” the Minister added while stressing that in line with the deal, Airtel has already paid 8bn/- to Treasury. She said the network modernization and expansion are also part of the agreement.
“I am informed that we are officially unveiling Airtel 4G network here in Dodoma today and within a short time the 4G network will be rolled up in another 25 region across the country,” Kairuki noted.
Briefing Minister Kairuki during the launch, Airtel Tanzania Managing Director, George Mathen said the launch of 4G LTE is in line with the company’s transformative journey and objective of offering customers the best digital connections.
“In addition, this is one of the commitments made with the government on investing to expand our communication infrastructure for the benefit of both sides. Our promise to the government is that we will continue to invest in various areas as the government has shown a lot of trust to private investors like us,” Mathen said.
He said Airtel customers can now have access to the best and most reliable digital experience and ultra-fast downloads at normal internet bundle rates. “All that is required is a 4G enabled smartphone and 4G SIM card for existing customers,” he added.
The Airtel Managing Director further added that the 4G technology launch will offer an opportunity to advance digital adoption in the country from the scaling-up of faster digital services and the provision of access to high-speed Internet, voice and services that directly resonate with the changing lifestyles.
“We are proud that with the launch of 4G network, our company has again put Tanzania on a global telecommunications map,” Mathen said.
The 4G network further proves Airtel as the mobile operator that innovates with customers in mind and provides better and more efficient services.