Government has welcomed plans by the private sector to invest in information, communication technology (ICT) services in order to promote free flow of and access to information.
Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Mwansa Kapeya said investing in internet and other information sites such as facebook, twitter and other online social networks was high on government’s agenda.
Mr. Kapeya was speaking last evening in Lusaka when he officially launched the multi-million dollar broad band internet service provided by Roke Telkom, a local telecommunications company.
He said Roke Telkom has demonstrated government’s desire to improve telecommunication by investing and widening its internet services at a reduced price, which is in line with government’s agenda to have a well informed and economically empowered citizenry.
The Deputy Minister commended Roke Telkom for its landmark launch of broadband internet services to the Zambian people and has since assured the firm that its investing in the country was safe.
He further commended the Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) for liberalising the licensing regime to attract more players in the ICT sector saying the move has led to the reduction of internet prices and created jobs to the people.
And speaking earlier, Roke Telkom Chief Executive Officer Ernest Kamanga said Zambia should move with globalisation in terms of information flow and in answering the needs of the people who would want to access information anytime and anywhere.
Mr. Kamanga said his organisation was aimed at developing Zambia in information service because internet has proved to be an important tool to the country which is repositioning itself in ICT services.
Roke Telkom Chief Operation Officer James Byaruhanga disclosed that his organisation has invested US$500,000 on optic fibre in Zambia.
Mr. Byaruhanga said Roke Telkom would offer 4-G internet connectivity from the usual 3-G which is being offered by other service providers.