ZAMBIAN REGULATOR CAZ PREPARES THE GROUND FOR LEGAL VOIP

Telecoms

The Zambian regulator is preparing the ground for the legalisation of VoIP. It held a workshop on the subject last week in Lusaka, writes Timothy Kasolo. CAZ is seeking to ensure that there will be flexible market entry for every service provider.

VoIP offers the opportunity for cheaper phone calls in Africa. CAZ Deputy Director Richard Mwanza explained that the current market indicators suggests that 11 percent of all international traffic in Africa is carried using VOIP and it is predicted that by 2007 it will account for 75 percent of global service.

Last year in July CAZ suggested that the incumbent teleco Zamtel install VOIP capacity to help it lower the cost of international calls.

CAZ Acting Director-Frequency Management, Kephas Masiye explained that onceVOIP was more widely implemented, tariffs on International calls would reduce. Masiye said the CAZ had written to Zamtel suggesting it to install the VOIP citing that the move would enable voice traffic to be routed on via the internet, hence reducing call charges.