Huawei Starts Base Station Roll-Out in Rural Zambia


Huawei has launched the first of a series of 169 base stations that will connect rural communities in Zambia to the mobile phone network.

The coming of the communication towers will provide business opportunities for people in rural areas, said Vice President Dr Guy Scott at Matanda in Luapula Province, who urged women and youths in particular to seize those opportunities to engage in business.

Huawei is constructing communications towers as part of the telecom regulator's project to build 169 towers in all ten provinces: 21 in Central Province; 11 in the Copperbelt; 23 in Eastern Province; 19 in Luapula; two in Lusaka; 12 in Muchina; 19 in Northern Province; 26 in North-Western Province, 21 in Southern and 15 in Western Province.

The towers, of which some 57 will be serviced by Zamtel, 56 by MTN and 56 by Airtel, are expected to be completed before the end of October this year.

Despite the liberalisation of the sector, access to ICT services is confined to residents in urban areas, leaving out the rural areas that are home to 65 percent of the country's population.

The Universal Access Project aims to address this gap in connectivity by promoting access, affordability and availability to ICT facilities and services to all Zambians.