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Zambia Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Statistics and Analyses 2018: Zambia approaches half-way point for rural mobile tower project -


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Zambia approaches half-way point for rural mobile tower project.

Zambia is a landlocked country with a focus on developing ICTs to spur
growth in the digital economy. Consumers have benefited from access to
international submarine fibre optic cables, which has seen a
considerable reduction in fixed-line and mobile access pricing. Pricing
has also been reduced in recent quarters as network operators battle to
gain customers in anticipation of the launch of services by UZI Telecom.

The government's Universal Access Fund has made considerable progress in
delivering telecom services to underserved areas, particularly in paying
for more than 1,000 base stations to be built. By mid-2018 this project
had helped extend mobile coverage to about 95% of the population, and
the project is expected to be about half-complete by the end of the year.

Separately, mobile network operators continue to invest in 3G and
LTE-based services, while several ISPs have also rolled out WiMAX
wireless broadband networks. MTN Zambia in addition has initiated an
FttP program, initially in Lusaka. These developments are set to
increase overall broadband penetration significantly in coming years.

Key Developments:

  • Vodafone Zambia awarded license to offer VoLTE services;
  • Government introduces tax on VoIP calls;
  • Zamtel commissions additional towers as part of a government-funded
    rural infrastructure project;
  • Government calls for Zamtel to be split into three units before being
  • MTN Zambia announces FttP rollout plans via its Connected Home'
    initiative, launches micro lending service Kongola;
  • Chinese government lends $273 million to complete digital broadcast
    process by end-2017;
  • Zamtel extends its LTE service;
  • Government adopts new converged licensing regime;
  • National Data Center opens as part of the government's Smart Zambia
  • Vodafone Zambia completes LTE-A rollout program;
  • Western Fibre Route cable connecting Malawi to Zambia;
  • Airtel commits an additional $142 million for network expansion and
  • Report update includes the regulator's market updates to December
    2017, operator data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies Mentioned

  • Zambia Telecommunications (Zamtel, LAP Green)
  • MTN Zambia
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Cell Z (Zamtel)
  • ZamNet
  • Coppernet Solutions
  • UUNet Zambia
  • Microlink Technologies
  • AfriConnect
  • Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO)
  • Copperbelt Ener

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