Tigo Tanzania in a partnership with Facebook have agreed free access to Facebook services in English and a new Kiswahili version through their mobile handsets. It is the first time that Facebook will be free on any mobile network in East Africa.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership in Dar es Salaam, Tigo Tanzania’s General Manager, Diego Gutierrez said: “What this partnership means is that Tigo customers can, for the first time, access Facebook through their handsets without incurring any data charges and connect with Facebook’s two million users in Tanzania and its 1.2 billion users worldwide.

The strategic partnership is part of Facebook’s recent Internet.org initiative launched by the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.


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