Dar es Salaam : Zanzibar Telecom Public Limited Company – Zantel customers will be able to move with the world trend in communication through data and voice after the final completion of the network modernization and roll out of new products and services into 2018.

Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Zantel new CEO Sherif El Barbary said he aims in improving network quality and coverage serving the customers and the country with the best in class services and value to steer Zantel to new heights in the competitive telecom industry.

“We intend to follow where our customers are and give them what they deserve by making sure we manage costs and generate income aligning to our mission and vision.” He said.

Mr. El Barbary added that Zantel is at the final stage of its network modernization and it is no doubt the best data provider in the country covering 22 regions with 4G infrastructure hence living their mission to Lead the adoption of the digital lifestyle in the markets.

He also emphasized that Zantel will work on supporting the government to reach the Sustainable Development Goals targets in different aspects. 

“We have created more than 5,000 employment countrywide. This is direct and indirect employment through our EzyPesa platform where we have more than 2,500 agents, we also have partners providing different services who also employ staff to serve Zantel. This is apart from our super dealers who have people working for them to distribute our products and services.” He added. 

On the CSR side, Zantel has partnered with M-Health which is a non-government organization in supporting and contributing to improve health care specifically maternal and child health. With Internet connectivity comes access to data, as well as ease in educating the public through different campaigns. 

Other areas of focus during his tenure is the Zantel Whole Sale and Enterprises business which is key for business. Zantel manages two fibre optic EASSy & SEAS undersea cables with landing points at Zantel Park in Dar es Salaam. These submarine cables connect to landlocked countries which no longer have to rely on satellite Internet access to carry voice and data services.

Improve the quality of the products and services including MFS product EzyPesa which is the 1st service in the country to launch both conventional and the Mobile Islamic Banking services in partnership with People’s Bank of Zanzibar in Zanzibar, where 85% of our base resides.

“So we promise a bright future coming to our customers” added El Barbary.

Mr. Sherif El Barbary was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer on July 1st 2017. 

Mr. El Barbary brings more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, garnered in a range of senior executive positions at leading international organizations.  

Prior to joining Zantel, El Barbary has been a Chief Technical and Information Officer for Tigo in Chad since March 2016, in charge of network and IT operations and performance; he was also acting General Manager in Chad for 3 months at the beginning of the year.

El Barbary spent 6 years at Huawei, before joining Millicom, in charge of managed services and solutions for the Middle East and North Africa region. He also spent 6 years as COO for Glextel, a service provider of wireless and fixed networks, overseeing the 10 operations of the company across Africa and the Middle East.

He also worked for Lucent Technologies and then spent a few years in North America working for Hewlett Packard, CML and Telus where he gained commercial experience as Head of Channel Operations.

Sherif El Barbary fills in the position that was being held by Mr. Benoit Janin for one and 10 months. Zantel has been in operation since 1999 with current 85% Millicom shareholding and 15% Zanzibar government shares.

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