The Zambia Telecommunication company (ZAMTEL) plans to increase Internet services in the rural areas of the country.
ZAMTEL chief executive officer Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe has explained that the company will introduce the broad band service in peri urban and rural areas to improve internet connectivity.
Dr Mwanakatwe was speaking at a media briefing held at court yard Hotel in Livingstone today.
He said Zamtel remains committed to the important role that technology plays in any given country adding that plans to roll out broad band services in rural areas are underway and will include creating a 400 high capacity site for 3G and 2G services .
Meanwhile, Zambia will be taking over the chairmanship of the Southern Africa Telecommunication Association next month which will be chaired by the ZAMTEL chief executive officer Dr Mupanga Mwanakatwe.
Meanwhile, the Southern Africa Telecommunication Association Executive Secretary Jacob Munodawafa said the association through its cooperating partners has invested in ICT which contributes to economic development.
He said ICT have played a major role in health, agriculture and education which should be encouraged.
And Dr. Mwanakatwe said he will use the chairmanship to highlight some of the challenges being faced in the telecommunications industry in the region.
The Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA) was established in 1980 under a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Treaty on Transport, Communications and Meteorology.
Meanwhile, ZAMTEL will invest US $ 4 million to upgrade its telecommunication infrastructure in Livingstone to prepare for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly, chief executive officer Mupanga Mwanakatwe has said.
Mr Mwanakatwe said his company was planning to roll out the first ever 4G network in Livingstone to enable delegates to the UNWTO download their materials online at a fast speed.
He was speaking in Livingstone yesterday at Courtyard Hotel ahead of the forthcoming Southern Africa Telecommunication Association (SATA) conference.
Mr Mwanakatwe said that his company has since written to Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to allow the telecommunication company to try the 4 G in Livingstone.
In telecommunications, 4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone mobile communication technology standards. It is a successor of the third generation (3G) standards.
A 4G system provides mobile ultra-broadband Internet access, for example to laptops with USB wireless modems, to smartphones, and to other mobile devices.
Dr Mwanakatwe, who is incoming SATA chairman, expressed hope that ZICTA would grant the licence to his firm.
He also said ZAMTEL was currently rolling out optic fibre network in various parts of Livingstone including around Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport to improve internet connectivity.
Speaking at the same briefing, SATA executive director Jacob Munodawafa called on the media to enlighten the people on major developments taking place in the telecommunication sector.
Mr Munodawafa said the upcoming SATA conference in Livingstone Zambia it would help delegates share experiences and best practices in the telecommunications sector.