East African mobile group Smart Telecom has switched on a 4G Time Division-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in Tanzania, TeleGeography has learned. While the precise launch date is unclear, Smart is now offering what it claims is Tanzania’s first 4G connection for mobile handsets. According to Smart’s website the new network utilises the 2300MHz band (Band 40), and while the iniital service coverage has not been published, the cellco notes that ‘expansion is ongoing’.
Smart is selling daily (300MB) and weekly (800MB) data packages, priced at TZS500 (USD0.23) and TZS1,200, respectively. Monthly options range from TZS3,500 for 1GB of data to TZS200,000 for a 200GB allowance.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Smart Telecom is owned by Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) Kenya, which in turn is part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). The group is also active in Uganda and Burundi.