MIC Tanzania Limited

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This article refers to Tanzania based subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular, which is a Telecommunications Company based in Luxembourg. For the main article, see tiGO.
MIC Tanzania Limited (tiGO)
Industry Telecommunication Communications Services
Founded November 30, 1993
Headquarters Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Key people

Diego Gutierrez - GM,

Olivier Prentout - Marketing Manager

Shavkat Berdiev- Chief Commercial Officer
Products Tigo Life, Voice, Message portal, Data, Ring Tones, Topic portal,Tigo Back up, Tigo Music,Tigo Pesa, Tigo Bima, Tigo Kilimo, Tigo Hadithi, Tigo Rafiki, Tigo Voice Chat,
Number of employees
Tigo Tanzania directly and indirectly employs over 300,000 Tanzanians including an extended network of customer service representatives, mobile money merchants, sales agents and distributors.
Website tiGO.co.tz

Tigo Tanzania is the leading innovative telecommunication company in the country, distinguished as a fully-fledged digital lifestyle brand. Offering a diverse product portfolio in voice, SMS, high-speed internet and mobile financial services, Tigo has pioneered innovations such as Facebook in Kiswahili, TigoPesa App for Android & iOS users, Tigo Music(Deezer) and East Africa’s first cross-border mobile money transfer with currency conversion.

The Tigo 3G network guarantees the best services to its subscriber’s in all regions across the country, and has recently launched a 4G network available in key cities. Between 2013 and 2014 alone the company launched over 500 new network sites, which translates to over 2000 network sites. Tigo plans to double its investment by 2017 in terms of coverage and additional capacity networks for deeper penetration in rural areas. With over 9 million registered subscribers to their network, Tigo directly and indirectly employs over 300,000 Tanzanians including an extended network of customer service representatives, mobile money merchants, sales agents and distributors.

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. With the certain knowledge that only constant innovation will keep them on top, Millicom keeps creating greater shareholder value; applying their concept of “demand more” is how they do business and retain their position as digital lifestyle leaders in some of the most unusual and challenging markets.


MIC Tanzania Limited (tiGO) was found on November 30, 1993. This corporation was a joint venture between Millicom International Cellular based in Luxembourg, Ultimate Communications Limited of Tanzania and Tanzania Posts and Telecommunications Corporation. In this venture, 27.7% of the issued share capital was allotted to the Ultimate Communications Limited and Tanzania Posts and Telecommunications Corporation.[1]

In 1993, there was liberalization of telecommunication sector in the country which resulted in the dissolution of Tanzania Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (TPTC) in early 1994. Its shares ware then transferred to Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited. Further steps towards full liberalization of the market causes the privatization of TTCL on February 23, 2001 and its shares were transferred to the Tanzanian Government.

Millicom Takes Full Control Over MIC Tanzania (tiGO)[edit]

In February 2006, after buying out its minority shareholders, the Luxembourg-based pan-African mobile operator Millicom International Cellular announced to take a full control of three of its African-based Mobile operators including MIC Tanzania limited.

In Tanzania a USD 1.332 million deal enables Millicom to acquire the remaining 16% stake it did not already own after the cellco’s minority shareholders agreed to cancel their call option on the business. Since then Millicom is the full controller of the company.

Overview on Telecom Companies In Tanzania[edit]

Network Operator Any Fixed line/Cable service? Technology Deployed Any Plan for Wimax? Company strategies
TTCL Yes - copper Cables; leased lines; basic POTS; ADSL; SDSL. Mobile & Fixed Wireless: CDMA (3G) Coverage area: At first major cities, later to cover the whole country Yes Major strategy: voice access and backbone provision. National and international calling; Internet access, International gateway license; video on demand in the future?
AIRTEL Tanzania No GSM 900/1800/400; GPRS, EDGE Not indicated Mainly voice; carrier of carriers
MIC Tanzania Limited (tiGO) No GSM 900/1800, 3G 900/2100, 4G/LTE Yes, currently doing initial steps – no frequency application yet Voice, Mobile Broadband and Mobile Money
Vodacom Tanzania No GSM 900/1800, plans for 3G rollout by 2007 (frequency allocated) Yes – spectrum guaranteed by regulator for 3.5 GHz. Targeting data transfer for corporate sector – major cites Basic voice services; data transfer
ZanTel No GSM 900/1800 – planning for 3G CDMA – Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Pemba National roaming agreement with Vodacom on the mainland Yes Voice; access to the international gateway

See also[edit]

  1. Celtel Tanzania
  2. Vodacom Tanzania
  3. Vodacom
  4. 3G Technology
  5. Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited
  6. Celtel International
  7. Celtel Africa Challenge
  8. ZANTEL-Zanzibar Telecom


  1. ^ [1] Invitation to Investors To Purchase the Government Shares in MIC (Tanzania) Limited (Trading as MOBITEL)

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