Zambia: Zamtel to Double Mobile Network Sites

Telecoms

Zamtel has projected to double the number of mobile network sites to 700 by the end of next year, a move that would make it cover all corners of the country. The increase of the mobile sites would be in the phase two of the expansion project whose preceding stage is expected to be completed this month to raise the site number to 400.

Zamtel Corporate and communications manager Kennedy Mambwe said in an interview that his company was almost done with phase one and that it would go ahead with the an additional 300 sites to cater for the most advance telecommunication in the country.

"We already have blanket network coverage across the country and that part of phase one and we, in the New Year, are going straight ahead with Phase two which should increase our sites to more than 700," he said.

Zamtel has been on an aggressive expansion programme to improve services on its mobile phones, landline and ADSL Broadband internet. Mambwe said among the most popular services coming from the increased sites is the mobile internet of Zamtel mobile. He said phase one was about erecting and switching on 2G, 2.5G and 3G mobile sites. He said this year, Zamtel has increased its network sites from 197 to more than 400 sites.

He said Zamtel would continue with its aggressive expansion programme that also includes upgrading its branches outlook which saw it open a US$ 120 000 branch and Levy Business Park last week.

Apart from the already touched up outlets at Manda Hill, Cross Roads, Cairo Mall and Lumumba, Zamtel would soon finish works on the Ridgeway outlet in Lusaka as well as the Chipata and Kitwe outlets. On the mobile service, Mambwe said customer base has over the last 12 month growth from 3.5 per cent to 10.5 per cent.

"We are spending US$ 170 million in improving and expanding network coverage for 2G, 2.5G and 3G and all these are in phase-one which should be finishing by Christmas," Mr Mambwe said.