In Brief:Zantel readies 4G LTE launch in Dar-es-Salaam and beyond 

Zantel readies 4G LTE launch in Dar-es-Salaam and beyond
Mobile network operator Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel), a subsidiary of Luxembourg telecoms group Millicom International Cellular (MIC), has advised its subscribers that they should change settings on their phones because its mainland 4G launch looms large on the horizon. To kick off commercial LTE services, the cellco says it has been working to upgrade and modernise its network in recent months to implement ultra-fast mobile broadband services.In July this year Zantel revealed plans to spend around USD15 million on improving its mobile voice and data services, upgrading the entire network with 4G LTE, with services expected to be extended to Dar-es-Salaam and some other areas. At the time, Zantel’s CEO was cited as saying: ‘Zantel has experienced difficult times over the last two years. But we have doubled our network coverage countrywide in June to reach more than 80% of the population … we can move forward now thanks to our subscribers and shareholders’ support.’

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