Mobile network operator Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel), a subsidiary of Luxembourg telecoms group Millicom International Cellular (MIC), has advised its subscribers that they should change settings on their phones because its mainland 4G launch looms large on the horizon. In announcing its readiness to kick off commercial LTE services, the cellco says it has been working to upgrade and modernise its network in recent months to implement ultra-fast mobile broadband services. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July this year Zantel revealed plans to spend around USD15 million on improving its mobile voice and data services, upgrading the entire network with 4G LTE, with services expected to be extended to Dar-es-Salaam and some other areas. At the time, Zantel’s CEO Mr Benoit Janin was cited as saying: ‘Zantel has experienced difficult times over the last two years. But we have doubled our network coverage countrywide in June to reach more than 80% of the population … we can move forward now thanks to our subscribers and shareholders’ support.’
Janin now says that to enjoy 4G, Zantel subscribers will have to change the settings on their phones to enable automatic network selection and disable the data roaming option. These technical configurations must be made on 1 November 2016, he said. Zantel launched its 4G network in the island of Zanzibar in April 2016, while it was acquired by MIC in October 2015.