The Consumer Unity Trust Society has appealed to Government to allow the entry of another mobile phone service provider.
CUTS Lusaka Centre Assistant Programmes Officer Faith Mwamba observed that bringing another mobile service provider would create jobs and enhance efficiency in the sector.
Zambia only has three mobile service providers namely Airtel, ZAMTEL and MTN with a mobile phone penetration of around 74 percent, according to the Ministry of Finance’s annual economic report of 2013.
Ms Mwamba said currently the quality of service provision by the three mobile service providers leaves much to be desired.
She said the Zambian government will also realize benefits through direct and indirect taxes which the new firm would be remitting.
Ms Mwamba was speaking Wednesday evening when she featured on Mid Week Business radio programme on Hot FM discussing the impact of competition in business reform in Zambia.
And Mwamba has urged the Zambian Government to create an enabling business environment by easing the business licensing framework.
‘Following the liberalisation of the economy, it was observed that the business environment was very restrictive and unfriendly and Government undertook reforms in the business licensing framework as a way of easing the cost of business and enhancing investment,’ Ms. Mwamba said.
The Statutory Instrument No. 111 restring entry into the mobile phone sector expired some time and Government is yet to make a position on the matter.