Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced the launch of its GSM network in Chad under the Tigo brandname. MIC was awarded a ten-year licence to operate a GSM-900 network in November last year. The wireless service is initially only available in the capital N’Djamena but will be extended to a further six cities over coming weeks. The company claims the network is GPRS and EDGE capable. According to MIC helmsman Marc Beuls, despite widespread poverty in the country, Chad has the demographics to make an appealing market. ‘Chad has a fast-growing population of 8.3 million people with almost 67% of the population below the age of 25 and a mobile penetration of less than 2%. Millicom Chad will compete with Celtel Chad, the country’s only other wireless operator following the July 2004 closure of Tchad Mobile’s network.