Tigo first to provide solar phone charging equipment

Whereas more than 50 percent of Tanzanians have a mobile phone, less than 50 percent have access to the power grid. Tigo is providing POS (Points of Sale) with solar charging equipment for mobile phones.
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Nov. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- Today in Tanzania there is a huge part of the population that do not have direct access to the electricity grid, while over 50% of Tanzanians have a mobile phone. To charge their phones, people go to family, friends or the local market. Since a lot of these people are Tigo customers, we’re looking to provide Tigo POS (Points of Sale) with solar charging equipment for mobile phones. This way a Tigo customer will never run out of electricity!

For Tigo customers who live far from power sources, this innovative service provides convenience making Tigo products accessible, and sustainable ecofriendly energy for their daily needs.  With solar charging equipment installed at Tigo POS, Tigo continues to take care of its customers who can more easily go about their day-to-day lives, and even conduct business where there is no power.  Customers will be charged an affordable TSH300 per charge.

For Tigo POS owners, Tigo provides new technology in the Tanzanian market, assisting entrepreneurs to diversify their business and increase their income.

Tigo POS can sign up for the equipment by sending an email to solar@tigo.co.tz. The only requirements are that the POS doesn’t already have electricity or is already selling phone charges. For these POS phone charging will be a new source of income. With Tsh300 per charge the average POS can make an additional Tsh90.000 per month (based on 10 phones charges per day).

This innovative Tigo project is a clear win-win situation for Tanzania. Helping off-grid Tigo clients, supporting entrepreneurship among Tigo POS and saving the environment with clean energy!

About Tigo  

Tigo started operations in 1994 as the first cellular network in Tanzania. It now covers 26 regions in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.  Tigo is one of Tanzania’s most innovative mobile phone operators, offering services ranging from affordable mobile voice communications to high speed Internet access and mobile financial services through Tigo Pesa.

Tigo is part of Millicom International Cellular S.A (MIC), which provides affordable, widely accessible and readily available cellular telephony services to more than 43 million customers in 13 emerging markets in Africa and Latin America.

For further information visit:  HYPERLINK "http://www.tigo.co.tz" www.tigo.co.tz

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