ZAMBIA COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY RECORDS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH'

Telecoms

Zambia's communications industry has recorded a significant growth over a period of one year from 2004 to 2005, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) has revealed. The CSO monthly bulletin for June 2006 states that the industry was reported to have registered a growth of 23.2 per cent in 2005 as compared to five per cent over the same period in 2004.

The development of the sector has been attributed to the expansion in network coverage particularly by mobile phone service providers. Mobile phone service providers such as Celtel Zambia have embarked on an expansion programme with the aim of connecting more subscribers to their network.

Currently, Celtel has close to 900,000 active subscribers while Cell- Z and MTN have 73, 000 and 128,000 respectively. The report states that the increase in the number of mobile phone subscribers has consequently led to an increase in the number of minutes of calls made.

The communications industry contributed 0.7 percentage points to the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for 2005. And the Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ) has welcomed the growth in the industry and expressed optimism that the trend would continue.

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