press release


14 february 2023

Tigo the first Telco to launch 5G in Zanzibar

In yet another milestone, Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle company Tigo, has achieved fastest 5G download speed of 1 Gigabits per second (1Gbps) in Dar es Salaam. In addition, the company has been the first to launch 5G technology in Zanzibar. Moreover, Tigo has deployed 5G technology in Dodoma.Kamal Okba, Tigo Tanzania Managing Director said, “We are pleased to announce that Tigo has achieved unprecedented 1 Gbps 5G network speed. This 5G ultra-wideband game-changing download speed is the fastest in Tanzania. We at Tigo always strive to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demand from diverse needs of customers, businesses, automation, and gaming.”

“Today’s landmark announcement is a result of Tigo’s efforts in building a robust 5G network, and 1 Gbps is truly a huge leap forward in the 5G era to offer a speed 10 times faster than  4Gspeed. This will have a significant and profound change on individuals, industries, society and the economy, transforming how we live and work.”

“This launch is in line with Tigo’s transformative journey and the company’s objective of offering customers the best digital experience,” said Okba.

Okba pointed out that “We are now competing with the developed nations who are currently rolling out 5G technology. The latest generation of mobile communication technology in Tanzania denote that full possibilities of ubiquitous connectivity are now opened to our customers.”

Tigo has also launched the first 5G network in Zanzibar, which is a first in the Isles. This step continues to show Tigo’s intention to continue investing in modern technologies in the islands. This is a catalyst for the communication sector, where Tanzania continues to benefit from modern technologies that bring new economic and social opportunities. Tigo has also confirmed that they will continue to provide more information about 5G services and products in the near future.

Through our state-of-the art 5G technology, we aspire to help Tanzania build an inclusive digital economy to meet various social and economic challenges, while at the same improving customers experience. Additionally, this technology will enable new consumer services and encourage technological innovations in the ecosystem.  


About Tigo:

Tigo Tanzania is Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle telecommunications company. Tigo started its operations in Tanzania in 1995.   Through its distinctive and diverse product portfolio in voice, SMS, high-speed internet and mobile financial services, Tigo has pioneered digital innovations such as the first Smartphone in Swahili, Free Facebook in Swahili, Tigo Pesa App, Tigo Mobile App as well as the first East African cross-border mobile money transfer with currency conversion. AXIAN Telecom is a pan-African telecommunications services provider operating in eight markets through its subsidiaries in Madagascar, Comoros, Reunion, Mayotte, Senegal, Togo, Uganda and Tanzania.

For further information visit: or contact:

Woinde Shisael – Corporate Communications Manager

Read the press release