The Zambia Telecommunications Corporation (Zamtel) has digitalised 70 per cent of its telecommunication network countrywide. Zamtel assistant director, technical services Luwani Soko said Zamtel was currently working on digitalising Livingstone after which they would proceed to the Western Province’ border area.

He said there was high demand for digital telecommunication in border areas because of the growing need for Zambia to easily communicate with its neighbouring countries such as Namibia and Angola. Soko expressed confidence that looking at the rate they were proceeding, the whole country would soon be digitalised.

Zamtel was also this weekend expected to install the digital communication link at Zambia’s border with Malawi to allow for smooth communication between the two countries. Soko said the corporation was currently working on the Intelligent Network Platform, technology which would see the introduction of the prepaid facility on Zamtel’s landlines. "We are actually on track and we will soon be concluding most of the projects. We are also replacing our analogue wireless local loop system to digital," he said.

Most of the projects were being funded by internally generated funds while the implementation exercise was being undertaken by the ZTE Communication Company of China.

The Times of Zambia