Zambia Minister of Transport and Communication, Brian Mushimba at LLDCs High-Level meeting in Santa Cruz Bolivia. PHOTO COURTESY BOLIVIA UN MISSION
GOVERNMENT will this year roll out phase two of the communication towers project in rural areas countrywide at a cost of US$280 million.

This is with the aim of closing the digital gap that exists between urban and rural areas.

The project, which is anticipated to start as soon as the rainy season is over, will provide internet and mobile phone services to people off the line of rail.

Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba said in an interview that Government is expected to install 1,009 towers.

“This is a three-year project and once completed, we are expected to achieve 92 percent network coverage countrywide,” Mr Mushimba said.

He said this is in line with Governments objective to achieve universal access to information using information and communications technology (ICT).

Meanwhile, Zamtel managing director Mupanga Mwanakatwe said the rural roll out communication project is a great achievement for Zambia as all the services that are enjoyed along the line of rail will now be available in the peripheries.

Dr Mwanakatwe, who was recently speaking on the side lines of the launch of Zamtel’s ‘Connected Car’, noted that the move is testimony that Government is all inclusive with the intent for the whole country to have access to the same facilities to ICT.

“As Zamtel, we are the project managers for the project and once complete, it will transform Zambia in terms of network coverage,” he said.

On the company’s performance last year, Dr Mwanakatwe said reliability of the network was not good due to power outages.

He, however, said business was on the upswing towards the last quarter of the year with an increase in numbers of new subscribers and also the coming on board of dormant subscribers.

Dr Mwanakatwe is optimistic that the company will perform better this year due to its engagement as project manager of the rural roll out ICT programme, among others.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Insanity is doing one thing over and over , expecting different redults. Take mwanakatwe on maternity leave and have replaced with another infidel…….
    From PF.
    Sad….

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  2. Good news..!
    And when is Vodafone coming to Southern Province.! ?

    We are tired of unreliable-Zamtel and expensive-Airtel-MTN data services.

    ICT is modern vehicle for accelerating development across all sectors, hence affordable ICT services is key factor in managing the economy.

    VODAFONE, please coming to Southern Province as soon as possible.

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  3. Phase one was suspect but move over to phase two with the same Chines…we do not even shop around..$280m is alot of money.
    We still have low preforming CEOs like Mwanakatwe and expect results.

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  4. Fix your pathetic so called Zamtel network then talk of installing other technologies . Hopeless zamtel network should be kicked out and bring the reliable Vodafone network . ZAMTEL is one of the worst ever network we have ever used .

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