Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba says government is about to complete the construction of communication towers across the country ahead of schedule.
Mr. Mushimba says 400 hundred communication towers will be erected this year in addition to over 600 that were erected last year.
He said this would translate to about 96 percent of bringing the universal coverage of both internet and communication facilities to Zambians.
Mr. Mushimba said the project which was supposed to be completed in three years will be completed before schedule as government expected to build over 1000 communication towers at the end of the year out of a total of one thousand and nine towers(1,009) that were expected to be completed in three years.
He said the project is expected to cost over $280 million dollars, adding that some funds would be sourced from the universal access funds to complete the last mile of the project.
Mr. Mushimba noted that the universal coverage of both internet and telephone will enhance communication facilities and meet the needs among citizens.
He added that government is in the process of introducing regulations in the deployment of ICT infrastructure in order to bring order in the sector.
Mr. Mushimba expressed concern that currently, there is disorder among service providers in terms of deployment of ICT infrastructure.
Mr. Mushimba is admitted to Awryp hospital were he is recuperating after the traffic accident, along Thabo Mbeki road.
This is contained in a statement issued by Naomi Nyawali, the First Secretary Press and Public Relations, Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.