Lagos – Local mobile subscribers are set to
benefit from faster connections following a financial breakthrough by a network
Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd, disclosed it had raised US$365
million of debt and equity funding, the first tranche of which has been applied
to significantly expand Smile’s existing 4G Long Term Evolution mobile
Subsequently, subscribers are poised to benefit from of two
first-to-market services, namely SmileVoice and SmileUnlimited.
This has been introduced in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda,
with coverage in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be announced soon.
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Irene Charnley, Smile Group’s Chief Executive Officer, said
the introduction of SmileVoice and SmileUnlimited, demonstrated their
commitment to the advancement of the people of Africa.
“As the pioneers of SuperFast mobile broadband on the
continent, we understand the direct correlation of broadband penetration to the
creation of wealth and the acceleration of development, and we are expending
huge resources to make SuperFast internet access and SuperClear voice available
across all our markets.”
Smile made its first Voice-over-LTE calls in Nigeria during
beta-testing in October 2015.
Charnley said the feedback from existing customers since the
soft-launch early February had been positive.
“Thousands of our customers now make national and
international voice calls using their data bundles,” she said about the
- CAJ News