Tanzania’s fixed and mobile operator Zantel has launched 3G/3.5G mobile services based on HSPA+ technology on the off-coast island of Zanzibar to improve internet access for the local population.
The technology affords customers access to services such as multimedia (text, graphic, video and animation), mobile broadband internet access and improved voice call services.
Commenting on the launch, Zantel’s chief commercial officer Ahmed Mokhles said: “Zantel’s superior internet connectivity has gained popularity and is of high demand in Tanzania, and now the Zanzibaris will be able to enjoy the fastest internet speed.”
The operator’s new service is promising maximum download speeds of 21Mbps via its E 3131 modem, which is priced at Tanzanian shillings 60,000 ($39), and 7.2Mbps on the cheaper E 303 modem that costs TSh.30,000 (US$19).
According to Mokhles, the cell company is also supporting handsets and devices on the new network, including smartphones such as the BlackBerry and iPhone, iPads, tablets and other 3G modems and routers.
“We will also be offering data bundles to our customers giving them flexibility and choice to subscribe to a package that suits their lifestyles. Our customers can now enjoy internet for [as little as] TSh. 500 (US$.31) for 30MB bundle and TSh.3000 (US$1.8) for 250MB,” added Mokhles.