Monday, July 16

Tigo celebrates G20 award

16 July, 2012, Dar es Salaam. Tigo has announced today that Millicom International Cellular S.A (MIC), the Group Company, has been recognized as one of 15 winners in the G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation. The Challenge was launched as a one off competition by the Mexican President during the Cannes G20 Summit on November 3-4, 2011.  

Millicom has been recognized for making mobile telephony affordable to the lowest earners in developing countries by making Tigo branded voice and data services accessible and easily available in its 13 emerging markets in Africa and Latin America. The recent introduction of Tigo mobile financial services currently available in countries where Millicom operates has also been identified as an enabler of financial inclusion for the unbanked population.

In Tanzania alone where over 10 million people own mobile phones, Tigo is well positioned to maintain its regional leadership position in the industry, with its big portfolio of products and services that is supported by a strong brand and a good customer satisfaction experience.

“We are delighted to have won this prestigious award which recognizes us for our innovation and our financial, environmental and social sustainability,” said Mr Diego Gutierrez, General Manager of Tigo. “We are committed to providing the technological capabilities that will enable us to provide a superior quality of experience to our customers while contributing to the wellbeing and development of the country,” he said.

The Challenge winners were announced and presented with awards at the G20 Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico on June 18, 2012. A judging panel of 12 renowned international experts from the private sector, academia, international organizations and the G20 chose the 15 winners.

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 strives to be Tanzania’s most innovative mobile phone operator, 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.

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Issued by: Alice Maro • PR-Tigo • Mobile +255 713 123754