In May, New-York based Millicom Incorporated, wins the first experimental Personal Communications Network (PCN) license in the US, serving the Houston area in Texas, and Orland, Florida.
Millicom Incorporated and Industriförvaltnings AB Kinnevik, a Swedish investment company, come together to form Millicom International Cellular S.A.
Early mobile phone technology begins to significantly impact how people communicate and participate in society everyday.
In its first year, Millicom announces an agreement with Cable TV Laboratories to jointly develop mobile network technologies and explore new opportunities for Cable TV in the US.
Millicom establishes its headquarters and parent company Millicom International Cellular SA in Luxembourg.
by 23 year-old software developer - Neil Papworth, from a computer, as mobile phones did not yet have keyboards. The text said "Happy Christmas".
Veronique Mathieu joins the company at its Luxembourg office. As part of Millicom's 25 year celebrations, Veronique has been recognized as the company's longest serving member of staff.
Millicom officially begins trading on the NASDAQ National Market
17 million in US, 9 million in Europe and 8 million in the rest of the world.
The world's first smartphone: IBM's Simon
The first phone to combine a pager, fax machine, PDA, calendar, address book, clock, calculator, notepad, email, games and a touchscreen with QUERTY keyboard.
In 1994, Millicom creates Celcaribe, a mobile phone operator that covers the Colombian Caribbean region.
Strong performances year-on-year continue (28% appreciation). Millicom valued at $1.25 billion.
Millicom's license hunting focuses on developing countries where rapid economic growth with poor existing telephone facilities make cellular systems particularly attractive.
Article published in Newsweek by author Clifford Stoll, calls
the prospect of e-commerce
"We seek to build local brands with Millicom being positioned as the international operator supporting a local operating business." (J W Metcalfe, President and CEO)
• Substantial increase in total number of subscribers - up 101%.
• Millicom has interests in 30 operations in 20 countries.
• SMS text message capability.
• The first vibrating alert feature.
• Flip and Candybar handset designs.
• RRP $1,000.
First access to the mobile web
known as WAP, was established. This was a secure specification that allowed users to access information via handheld wireless devices.
Yahoo and Hotmail email services launch.
are launched in ten markets
also known as WAP, was established.
This is a secure specification that allows users to access information via handheld wireless devices.
Yahoo and Hotmail email services launch.
Finnish company launches world's first commercial ringtones to market.
The first ever phone with a built-in camera is launched. Meet Japan's J-SH04
Millicom incorporates 100% ownership of global GSM roaming clearing house - the Multinational Automated Clearing House (MACH)
MACH provides data transfer and financial clearing settlement services to more than 360 GSM operators worldwide, representing 61% of the global GSM market.
MACH handles 1.1 billion call records in Q4 alone
To build the leading brand in each market by offering affordable services to our customers, to provide a strong base for future growth
Millicom shares listed on NASDAQ stockmarket under symbol MICC and on Luxembourg Stock Exchange under symbol MIC
New phone goes on to sell 130 million units and disappears only with the arrival of touchscreen smartphones.
In Africa and Asia the penetration story is only just beginning and Millicom's experience and expertise in the mass-market distribution of prepaid minutes will give it a critical competitive advantage as penetration rates rise steeply in the next few years.
Freedom to access today's world for people in emerging markets
There continues to be an opportunity in the next few years to build a substantial mobile telephony business in countries with fast growing populations and increasing GDP growth.
Central American Cable operation providing Cable TV, fixed line,
residential broadband internet and corporate services.
With 1.3 million homes passed, Amnet provides services to
which means we need to accelerate the pace of innovation in order to continue to drive growth.
Millicom's first ever Corporate Social Responsibility Committee was appointed by the Board. An environmental impact team was created to implement energy reduction initiatives and manage e-waste recycling.
“Today our business is no longer only about basic communication; voice is maturing, demand for data is accelerating and new mobility-related services are emerging.”
First wide-spread 4G LTE network, in the US, offers data speeds as fast as cable or DSL Modem and ushers in use of phones as WiFi hotspots, to enable tablets and laptops to be online, on the go.
• NEW CEO: Mikael Grahne steps down. Hans Holger Albrecht succeeds him.
• MFS reaches 8% penetration by end of 2012. Tanzania at 37%, Paraguay at 24%
A report by Deloitte LLP for Facebook Inc estimates that a 10% increase in broadband penetration results in a 1.38% increase in a country's GDP.
• Africa's fastest growing mobile business during first half of 2015 (Q2 results)
• World Bank names Tanzania mobile money global leader
• One in three smartphone sales in Paraguay bought through MFS
• Tigo has five of the world's 20 mobile money brands to have earned more than 1 million customers
• Tigo Music named Colombia's most popular music streaming service
• Mobile learning brand Edume expands to Asia
• Tigo hosts Central America's largest annual Business Forum