Unitel International enters Zambian market

14 December 2018

Telecoms

Lusaka -UZI Zambia Mobile Ltd, a subsidiary of the Dutch-headquartered and global Unitel International Holdings BV, is set to begin operations in Zambia early next year as the country’s fourth mobile service provider.

The commencement of business by the company, initially operated in Angola, has been delayed from November this year to allow the company to secure frequencies, facilitate the recrutment of over 40 staff and formalise operating licences, Misheck Lungu, Zambia’s permanent secretary for communications told The Southern Times on Tuesday.

“UZI has indicated to us that they will start full operations in Zambia by the first quarter next year. They initially wanted to open up business in November but they instead shelved to January or February to finalise a number of formalities, including frequencies,” Lungu said.

The fourth mobile service provider in Zambia comes as a response to outcries by local service end-users over the inept services received from the existing companies, Airtel, MTN and state-owned Zamtel.

Last year, UZI Zambia won the licence to enter the local market after the telecommunications regulator, the Zambia Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ZICTA) floated a public tender.

According to economic experts, the UZI Zambia investment would contribute to the growth and development of the telecommunications sector in the country through the implementation of the latest LTE technology to provide reliable and high-quality products and services through a national 4G network, and investment in 5G network in the near future.

“UZI Zambia Mobile will create new jobs and opportunities in Zambia and will focus on the training and development of all its employees as well as building its relationships with the local communities through its social responsibility programmes,” John Kasanga, an independent trade and economic consultant said.

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