Tigo Tanzania, owned by Sweden-based Millicom International Cellular, has made known plans to spend $120 million (Sh11.04b) to expand its network for 3G and 4G services this year.

In an interview with Reuters, the country’s number three mobile operator said the investment, which is 20 per cent higher than the $100 million spent in 2014, would be used to roll out 843 new mobile telephone network transmission sites across the country, to expand and maintain the network’s coverage. Some of the sites would be used to offer 3G and LTE (4G) services, although few details were provided on where and when LTE would become available.

“The company plans to spend $120 million, which is 20 per cent higher than $100 million in 2014 on its network expansion, fibre and opening additional customer service shops across the country,” Tigo Tanzania Spokesman John Wanyancha.

“The growth of the mobile phone sector is a result of a steady economic environment that the country has enjoyed in the past five years,” he added.

Wanyancha added there are still rooms for growth because they haven’t reached 100 per cent penetration yet.

Tigo currently has around 8.5 million customers and competes with operators including Vodacom Tanzania, India’s Bharti Airtel and a unit of Etisalat.

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