Alcatel-Lucent has provided 4G LTE technology to African telecommunications operator Smile Telecom Holdings Ltd (Smile) which has launched a new service in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, enabling the delivery of fast mobile broadband services including live video chat and TV streaming.
The network will be the first in Africa to provide 4G LTE service in the 800 MHz frequency band, providing businesses and consumers with super fast, high quality Internet access, initially in the principal commercial city and major seaport of Tanzania. Smile’s intention is to offer ubiquitous coverage as soon as possible.
Following a limited pilot launch in April, 4G LTE services have been rolled out by Smile in several districts of Dar es Salaam, including Mikocheni, Massani Peninsula, Oysterbay and Sinza. Businesses and consumers there can now enjoy mobile broadband speeds of up to 4 times as fast as 3G, which can support video conferencing and other business applications, streaming television programs and films without interruption and accessing other content rich social media services. Broadband routers are used to access the services and have been installed in homes, offices and public places, such as shopping malls and Internet cafes. Smile plans to extend coverage through Tanzania in 2012, followed by the launch of similar services in the other three countries where Smile currently operates.
Tom Allen, Chief Operating Officerof Smile said, “Smile is constantly introducing new innovations to expand the range of services we can offer our customers. Broadband has a significant impact on socio-economic development and through our presence in the country we hope to play an important role in improving the livelihood of Tanzanians. There is huge demand for Internet connectivity in Tanzania and working with Alcatel-Lucent we are able to provide our customers with faster, better quality connections, resulting in ever more compelling services to satisfy their demands.”