Tigo Senegal invests over US$220 000 to deploy 3G+ network
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
Mobile operator Tigo Senegal says it has invested more than 110 million FCFA (about US$220 000) to deploy and expand the 3G+ network in various areas of this West African country.
The operator also revealed that it invested over 25 billion FCFA (about US$50 million) in 2013 to refurbish its network and expand it all over the country.
The Millicom International Cellular (MIC) subsidiary said its 3G+ technology has successfully covered the capital Dakar, the ‘holy city’ of Touba, Mbour, Thiès, Kaolack and Ziguinchor, and will soon be available in the cities of Saint Louis, Louga, Fatick and Diourbel.
Tigo, which has been working on the 3G technology in this mainly Muslim nation since April 2013, said subscribers now have 21Mbps access speeds using HPSA+ technology.
Tigo has put its 3G implementation in the six African countries it is operating under the ‘Digital Lifestyle’ strategy.
The operator’s smart move to be the lowest tariff both in data and voice appears to have won it many new users in Africa, and figures released by the Sweden-based telecom group early this month show that the number of Tigo users in Africa has gone up by 14%, jumping from 20.96 million to 25.3 million in 2014.
“The year 2014 has been a year of transformation and progress in the implementation of the digital lifestyle strategy even if business conditions in emerging markets have been weak during the fourth quarter,” Millicom acting CEO Tim Pennington said.
However, he said the company's main focus was on effective management of its costs in the aim of maintaining margins and preserve or improve its cash flow.