Vodafone Group Plc will expand into Zambia by offering high-speed mobile-data and Internet services in the country through its partnership with Afrimax, one of the largest 4G wireless voice and data communications providers across Sub-Saharan Africa.
England-based Vodafone said in an e-mailed statement on Monday that the two companies will offer customers 4G data services using the Vodafone Zambia brand, Newbury.
The deal includes the opening of Vodafone-branded stores and providing services to businesses in the southern African nation.
Vodafone has stakes in Johannesburg-based Vodacom Group Ltd., Safaricom Ltd. of Kenya as well as operations in Ghana.
African phone companies are broadening their Internet offering to help offset declining voice sales as consumers leapfrog fixed-line technology in favor of smartphone devices.