Zamtel to pump over US$104 into expansion projects
Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (ZAMTEL) has announced that it will spend over US$104 million for its various expansion projects by next year.
ZAMTEL managing director Simon Tembo said his company has embarked on a number of projects to improve its efficiency in service delivery both in the country and neighboring country.
Mr. Tembo said these would include the Lusaka metropolitan optical fiber network, national optical fiber network , the next generation network (NGN) and the cell z expansion project to cover all the 72 districts in the country.
He said this at a joint press briefing with Huawei Technologies in Lusaka when he announced the implementation of the Lusaka metropolitan optical fiber network project which is expected to be commissioned on January 20th next year.
Mr. Tembo said once commissioned the 3 million US dollar project would enable the provision of advanced value added services such as electronic government and commerce, high speed internet access. and other economic development initiatives.
He added that the project will also enhance other economic development initiatives aimed at helping information communication technology (ICT) in order to help reduce poverty in the country.
Mr. Tembo noted that once the project is complete it will help make business communication easier and less costly and help accelerate development in Lusaka and the nation at large.
The ZAMTEL managing director also revealed that most of the equipment to complete the project has already arrived in the country adding that installation works have also commenced.
He has since called upon both private and public institutions to support the initiative by subscribing to the service as it will improve their business efficiency and reduce the cost of doing their business.
And speaking at the same occasion Huawei technologies public relations manager Alice Qi said her company is confident of covering Lusaka by January 20th next year as scheduled.
Ms. Qi said upon covering the capital city with the optical fiber network her company will immediately embark on installing the national optic fiber network.