Tigo has launched commercial mobile phone services in Rwanda, reports East African Business Week.
The service will operate using the 072 prefix code. Technical Director Mohamed Dembele said the network currently has 111 base stations, with 26 in the capital Kigali and the rest in the provinces. Currently, Tigo has 53 percent population coverage, and around 30,000 customers have already registered for services. The network is live in 13 out of 30 districts in the country, with coverage expected to increase to 24 districts by next year and the entire country by 2011. Tigo is a brand of Millicom International Cellular (MIC). The company will compete against leading mobile operator MTN Rwanda, and incumbent Rwandatel, which switched to GSM technology a year ago.