ZAMTEL targets rural network expansion


The Zambia Telecommunication company (ZAMTEL) plans to increase internet services in the rural areas of the country.

ZAMTEL chief executive officer Dr. Mupanga  Mwanakatwe has explained that the company will introduce the  broad band service in peri urban and rural areas to improve internet connectivity.

Dr Mwanakatwe was speaking at a media briefing held at court yard Hotel in Livingstone today.

He said Zamtel remains committed to the important role that technology plays in any given country adding that plans to roll out broad band services in rural areas are underway and will include creating a 400 high capacity site for 3G and 2G services .

Meanwhile, Zambia will be taking over the chairmanship of the Southern Africa Telecommunication Association next month which will be chaired by the ZAMTEL  chief executive officer Dr Mupanga Mwanakatwe.

Meanwhile, the Southern Africa Telecommunication Association  Executive Secretary Jacob Munodawafa said the association through its cooperating partners has invested in ICT which contributes to economic development.

He said ICT have played a major role in health, agriculture and education which should be encouraged.

And Dr. Mwanakatwe said he will use the chairmanship to highlight some of the challenges being faced in the telecommunications industry in the region.

The Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA) was established in 1980 under a  Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Treaty  on Transport, Communications and Meteorology.