Tigo launches 3.5G, voice SMS
VALUE ADDED SERVICES| Jan. 17, 2012, 4:19 p.m.
Tigo has launched Tigo Internet, based on the latest 3.5G technology, and a new voice SMS service in Tanzania.
Speaking at the launch of Tigo Internet, Titus Kafuma, Tigo Internet Commercial Manager said: “We at Tigo are committed to offering our customers the full range of wireless communication, and Tigo Internet is a stride in bringing the world closer to our customers. We are rapidly changing the way our customers experience their wireless communications as we continue to shape the future of mobile and broadband connectivity in the in the telecommunications industry.”
Tigo’s Voice SMS, described as a first of its kind in the country, allows users to send voice messages, eliminating the need for typing.
The service uses pioneering Voice SMS technology from Kirusa, a global vendor of mobile social media and value added services.
Marcelo Aleman, Managing Director at Tigo Tanzania, said: "As we expand the roll out of Kirusa Voice SMS service in coming days at very affordable tariffs, we are certain to generate an enthusiastic response. The robust platform from Kirusa has been crucial to the launch of Voice SMS at Tigo."
Tigo says it is rapidly consolidating its leading position as a multi-service provider, leading by innovation and implementing the latest technologies, a process that started last year with the launch of a robust mobile money service “Tigo Pesa”, also with the expansion of network capacity, and now the launch of the first 3.5G network in Tanzania that will provide affordable and reliable internet access.
MORE VALUE ADDED SERVICES NEWS
Tigo Pesa returns TZS 3bn to customersTigo Tanzania has announced the first of its regular quarterly payments worth 3bn/- (US $ 1.8 million) to Tigo Pesa users. Read More
Safaricom launches M-PESA mobile financial journalSafaricom has announced the launch of M-Ledger, an Android based application that provides subscribers on the company’s network with a simple and easy to use financial journal to track and monitor their M-PESA transactions. Read More
Airtel, Access Bank strike Access Money dealAccess Bank Plc has collaborated one of Nigeria’s leading telcos, Airtel to develop and launch a new mobile money service. Read More
Microsoft, Opera Software to extend Opera Mobile Store to more Nokia phonesOpera Mobile Store will replace Nokia Store as the default app store for Nokia feature phones, Symbian and Nokia X smartphones, following an agreement between Opera Software and Microsoft. Read More
Mobile transaction users to hit 2bn by 2017A new report from Juniper Research has found that just over 2 billion mobile phone or tablet users will make some form of mobile commerce transaction by the end of 2017, up from 1.6 billion this year. Read More
Zero-rating key to customer acquisition - Airtel AfricaMaking OTT services such as Facebook and WhatsApp available for free on mobile networks - or so-called “zero-rating” - is a key part of customer acquisition, according to Willie Ellis, head of products and innovation at Airtel Africa. Read More
Airtel to offer insurance cover for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PlusAirtel has announced that it will offer a 2-year insurance cover to its customers who purchase iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in any of its designated outlets in Kenya. Read More
EcoCash-Western Union link upThe Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, and Zimbabwe’s leading mobile money service provider, Econet Wireless, have teamed up to offer consumers fast and reliable international money transfers. Read More
Mobile money services must innovate to be sustainable - TigoMobile money services must continually be innovating if they are to make their business sustainable in the long-run, according to Diego Gutierrez, general manager of Tigo Tanzania. Read More
Mobile money operators must take holistic approach – panelCompanies launching mobile money services were urged by panelists at AfricaCom in Cape Town to approach the market strategically and holistically if they are to be sustainable. Read More
FEATURED STORYGSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020
The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half billion mark in 2020, says a new GSMA report.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.