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David Zacharia, Tigo Tanzania Head of Data and Devices, addresses a press conference at Double Tree Hotel, Dar es Salaam, during the launch of a new partnership with Facebook. The partnership aims to provide Tanzanians with affordable internet and free access to some basic online services through app. (Image: Courtesy)

Tigo Tanzania will partner with Facebook to provide millions of Tanzanians with affordable internet and free access to basic online services through app.

The app will be available on October 29, and Tigo subscribers will have access to OLX, AccuWeather, BabyCenter&MAMA, BBC news and BBC Swahili, Brighter Monday, Mwananchi, Citizen, Mwanaspoti, Facebook, Facts for Life, Girl Effect, Messanger, Shule Direct, Supersport, Tanzania Today and Wikipedia.

Commenting on the launch, David Zacharia, Tigo’s Head of Data and Devises said: “Through our partnership with Facebook we aim to increase digital inclusion by encouraging even more Tanzanians to go online.”

Mr. Zacharia further said this extended partnership between Tigo and Facebook will accelerate internet penetration in the country and also open new socio-economic opportunities to the users in the fields of education, technology, and commerce.

Studies indicate that the number of internet users in Tanzania has increased from 7.5 million in 2012 to 9.3 million by June 2014, equivalent to 18pc penetration.

Tigo customers in Tanzania can access the app through the Google Play Store, by visiting on a mobile browser, via the Tigo portal, and through a bookmark on Opera Mini. The service works on smartphones and feature phones.

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