Smile launches true 4G in Tanzania

Smile Communications Tanzania, a subsidiary of Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited has launched the first commercial Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) broadband network in Tanzania.

In 2012, Smile began revolutionising communication in East Africa when it chose Tanzania as the first country in Africa in which to deploy its 4G LTE broadband network. After more than a year of extensive testing and valuable feedback provided by techno-savvy trial customers, Smile made its 4G LTE broadband network commercially available to its current customer base which ranges from SMEs and households, to hotspots and individuals in Dar es Salaam. Smile 4G LTE is now commercially available across Dar es Salaam.

Smile says its 4G LTE network uses the most advanced telecommunications technologies and standards available anywhere in the world, and will provide unparalleled speed, reliability, quality and ease of use.

4G LTE enables ultra-high-speed internet access, accelerating broadband penetration and vastly improving the online experience. The 4G LTE standard is at the cutting-edge of mobile telecommunications. The inherently flexible and constantly evolving nature of 4G LTE guarantees that it will remain the gold standard in mobile data and voice services for years to come.

According to Smile Group CEO Irene Charnley, the true benefits of 4G LTE lie in the radically improved user experience, and the ability of this global technology standard to enhance access to the most advanced form of communications whilst substantially reducing the costs of operations. “4G LTE is making the internet come alive for our customers due to the quality of the user experience” says Charnley. “Surfing the internet, downloading music and movies without buffering, communicating via HD voice or uninterrupted HD video calling - the internet experience has become better, faster, easier, and more reliable.”

Fiona McGloin, Country Manager of Smile Tanzania, sees the introduction of 4G LTE as another major milestone in the development of East Africa and the continent as a whole. “Our experience in providing services to our customers over the past 6 months in Dar es Salaam has demonstrated that access to the best, most flexible, fastest technology anywhere in the world results in increased usage and demand for broadband” she says.

According to Charnley, “The introduction and accessibility to this ground-breaking 4G LTE technology will give impetus to Tanzanians and Tanzania to reach their full potential whilst simultaneously accelerating mobile broadband penetration across the continent, thereby boosting major economic activity. We’ve been waiting and hoping for the future. With 4G LTE, the future is here!”

The Smile 4G LTE broadband network, which already covers Dar es Salaam, will be rolled out in phases across Tanzania over the next two years.

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