Operator Tigo Tanzania and vendor Ericsson have entered a partnership to launch 5G and to fully modernize and expand the existing Tigo 4G network across Tanzania.
The partners say that 5G has now been launched in Dar Es Salaam, Dodoma, and Zanzibar, and will be gradually rolled out across the country at strategic locations.
Ericsson is currently upgrading Tigo Tanzania’s existing 4G network with radio access network (RAN) products and microwave solutions. Leveraging the latest energy-efficient products from the 5G Ericsson Radio System portfolio, Tigo’s network is being expanded and upgraded to increase network capacity, providing the benefits of a fast and reliable connection.
The Ericsson Radio System 5G portfolio is designed to manage all site types and traffic scenarios, even as networks grow in technology and capacity, and to do so with low energy consumption.
Ericsson will also optimize Tigo Tanzania’s network by deploying artificial intelligence-enabled cognitive software to align network performance with strategic objectives.
There’s even a sustainability angle. Under the partnership, and as part of the Ericsson Product Take-Back Program, Ericsson will collect, decommission, transport and recycle Tigo Tanzania’s dismantled and obsolete equipment with the highest industrial standards, to minimize the potential environmental impact of the end-of-life electrical equipment.
The partnership between Tigo Tanzania and Ericsson spans many years. Over time, Ericsson says it has supplied a suite of solutions and software capabilities to provide 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G connectivity.