Telecommunication company Tigo Tanzania has unveiled Twende App, a taxi-hailing solution to provide reliable, convenient and affordable taxi services in Tanzania.
Tigo’s Head of Digital Devices, Tawonga Mpore, said Twende is a testament to the digital lifestyle brand Tigo has evolved into and a demonstration of the company’s commitment to digital lifestyle transformation.
“We believe by offering a friendly alternative to the existing transport options, we can help improve urban mobility in Tanzania. Being mindful of the city’s current traffic congestion, Tigo’s current aim is to be part of the solution in addressing it. Ultimately, we hope to reduce the strain on the city’s roads, and minimise the environmental impact of traffic congestion that is part of a growing economy,” Mpore said.
Justin Kashaigili, Twende App’s CEO said the application was inspired by the capital Dar es Salaam’s rapidly developing infrastructure and its entrepreneurial spirit.
The app directly connects drivers with passengers using real-time driver information, live GPS enabled maps to pick up the passengers’ location and connect them to the nearest driver whilst enabling the driver to give feedback to the passengers.
In addition to cash, Twende offers a convenient mobile money payment option through Tigo Pesa to the driver’s personal Tigo Pesa number.
Twende is currently only available for download on Android with plans to avail it to customers on other platforms.
The app will compete with Uber which launched services in Tanzania’s capital city Dar es Salaam in June last year.
Tigo becomes the second telco in the region to venture into the taxi-hailing space joining Kenya’s Safaricom which launched Little Cab in July 2016, also offering mobile money payment for the taxi service via M-Pesa.
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