Tanzanian Telecom Rolls Out Free WhatsApp Service

WhatsApp is being accessed at a free cost by Tigo customers in Tanzania

As the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party yesterday celebrated 30 years in power, cheapest their rival, medical the Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) still have hard time finding  justifiable reasons for the attack on their government by the National Resistance Army in 1981.

UPC’s government was first attacked on February 16, decease 1981 at Kabamba army barracks by the rebel movement led by Yoweri Museveni after claims that the group was cheated in the elections.

The party Secretary General under Jimmy Akena’s leadership, Edward Sseganyi told press today, “We don’t see any relevance of the Liberation Day; we have never acknowledged that there was need for NRM to over throw the UPC government which was already serving citizens effectively,” remarked Sseganyi during the party’s weekly press briefing on Wednesday in Kampala.

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“We were already pursuing a recovery program which was yielding results; the economy was booming, people were safe in their country, no road blocks were registered at all,” Sseganyi said.

Sseganyi observed that the whole aim of the attack was just ‘hunger for power,’ which has been exposed by Museveni clinging onto power for now 30 years.

“If the issue was Museveni being cheated in an election, why didn’t he organize fresh elections immediately? Our president never cheated.”

Sseganyi added that ever since the NRM government was formed, there is no clear form of democracy that has been exhibited in the country.

“We have had a series of elections organized but court has time and again ruled that they were not free and fair.”
“In an election where there is no leveled ground, you can’t talk of democracy; the incumbent is on spot for using State funds and equipment during campaigns.”
Tanzania’s leading telecommunication company Tigo, seek has announced free WhatsApp services for its 10 million users, what is ed Chimp Corps report.

This makes Tigo the first telecom in the country to offer the social media service for free, once again demonstrating its leadership in delivering cutting-edge technology and innovations in market, according to the General Manager, Diego Gutierrez.

The development could as well pile pressure on telecoms in Tanzania and neighbouring countries to follow suit.

Making the announcement in Dar es Salaam this week, Gutierrez said all Tigo customers subscribing to the company’s weekly and monthly internet will henceforth be entitled to free WhatsApp service.

“From now onwards, all Tigo customers buying any of our weekly or monthly packages will be eligible to enjoy FREE WhatsApp. This of course, is for customers with data enabled devices. We want to encourage our non-Smartphone user customers to acquire highly discounted smartphones sold in Tigo shops to be able to enjoy this new offer,” Gutierrez said.

The general manager further clarified that the service will be available on iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia Symbian60-phones.

With an excess of 1 billion users globally, WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging application that enables users to exchange media, texts, video clips and voice calls.

WhatsApp is a sister application to Facebook, the social network that Tigo partnered with in 2014 to become the first telecom in Tanzania to give its customers free Facebook access in Kiswahili, the country’s national language also widely spoken in east, central and southern African countries.

The free Tigo WhatsApp joins a long list of other ‘firsts’ that the company has pioneered in its digital innovations. They include the recent launch of 4G LTE networks that gives Tigo customers high speed internet connection which is five times higher than the technology available in the Tanzanian market.

Tigo in 2014 also became the first telecom in Tanzania to provide free Facebook in Kiswahili; the first to launch a mobile money App for Adroid and iOs users and the first in East Africa to introduce cross-border money transfer with currency conversion.

In the past three years the company has launched over 500 network sites bringing to over 2,000 the total number of its network sites countrywide. It plans to double this investment by 2017 in terms of coverage and additional capacity networks for deeper penetration in rural areas.

Tigo in 2015 announced an increased annual investment of US $ 120 million per year on infrastructure improvement and expansion which is 20% higher than Tigo’s annual spending in the past three years.

Tigo is the biggest commercial brand of Millicom, an international company developing the digital lifestyle in 12 countries with commercial operations in Africa and Latin America and corporate offices in Europe and the USA.


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