Ericsson recently announced a new partnership with Tanzanian mobile network operator Tigo. The two companies have partnered to launch the first of a series of rural pilot tower sites to provide mobile broadband coverage in parts of the Lindi Mtwara region, in rural Tanzania.
According to Ericsson, the partnership is part of the offshoot of a pilot infrastructure-sharing partnership brokered by the GSMA with Tigo, the government of Tanzania, and two other major mobile network operators to connect over 13 million under-served individuals living in rural parts of the country.
Sharing infrastructure and engaging the government on reduced taxes in these regions allows operators to reduce the cost of deploying mobile broadband networks in places where it was previously not viable to do so, the company said.
The energy-efficient suites of solutions will enable Tigo and their roaming partners to seamlessly identify under-served communities in the region, making it faster to introduce or improve the mobile broadband experience of their subscribers in these rural communities. This is the first commercial launch of this solution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking about the partnership, Jerome Albou, Chief Technical and IT Officer, Tigo Tanzania, had this to say:
“At Tigo, it is our mission to lead the adoption of the internet and a digital lifestyle in Tanzania. Access to mobile broadband will open these rural communities to previously elusive services such as mobile money, e-health, e-education and e-government, thereby transforming the way people play, learn and do business forever.”
Jean-Claude Geha, Head of Region Sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson, stated: “We are strong advocates of the role of ICT to enable the realization of a new, universal set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our partnerships and solutions seek to bring the benefits of mobile technology to everyone in creating a more inclusive and sustainable world. With Tigo, we delivered the most sustainable and efficient mobile broadband solution capturing the needs of these specific, rural sites.”