Airtel to launch 3G
AIRTEL Zambia intends to launch the third generation (3G) network in the second quarter of this year.
And the firm has spent over K257.6 billion (US$53,668,760) on the installation of 151 base sites across the country.
Company commercial director Mark Ocitti said the introduction of the 3G services in the country will soon be rolled out across the country to enable subscribers get lower cost of mobile broad-band services.
“The 3G is coming but I am not going to give you more (on that), it’s coming up and when it is ready we are going to give you high speed data like you have never experienced before,” he said.
3G wireless services offer enhancements to current applications including greater data speed and increased capacity for voice.
Mr Ocitti said the services will be spread across the country including rural areas because the firm believes that communication is a basic necessity for every person.
He said this in an interview on the sidelines of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony in Chipata over the weekend. Airtel was the main sponsor of the event.
Zain Zambia, now operating as Airtel Zambia, was issued with a 3G test authorisation by Zambia Information Technology Authority in 2007 to enhance the effectiveness of technology in Zambia among other things.
And Mr Ocitti said apart from the 150 base sites installed, an additional 300 sites will be introduced by end of September this year.
He said the firm will soon introduce more exciting products for subscribers.
[Zambia Daily Mail]