ZAMTEL has installed internet hotspots at all UNWTO venues and hotels


ZAMTEL has completed internet hotspots to all official United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) venues and hotels in time  of the conference starting next week in Livingstone at a cost of US$ 4 million.
The company will be providing free internet access to delegates through virtual hotspots set up at all approved hotels and other strategic institutions.
Zamtel corporate communication manager Kennedy Mambwe said in a statement availed to the Daily Mail yesterday.
“Livingstone has effectively become the first city in the country to benefit from Zamtel’s latest high speed internet services using the optic fibre network technology,” he said.
The free internet access offer is limited to the duration of the conference and beneficiary institutions are David Livingstone, Sun International, Courtyard, Fallsway Lodge, Chrismar, Protea Hotels and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula Airport and the one-stop-shop, the secretariat of the UNWTO.
Mr Mambwe, however, said the company is focused on two major capital projects expansion of the three  generation (3G) mobile network coverage using long-term evolution or four generation (4G) ready mobile baste stations and installation of the fiber to the home, office, cabinet and business.
The project is aimed at meeting the increasing demand for information communication technology services in the country.
Mr Mambwe said Zamtel also plans to extend the current fibre backbone network to all provincial centres and districts across the country to benefit clients who require wide area network interconnectivity.
“With this level of investment, Zamtel is hoping to turn Zambia into a virtual hotspot providing fast internet connectivity that is likely to spur rapid economic development through reliability internet connectivity,” he said.
Currently, the company is running a fibre backbone network from Sesheke through Lusaka and Copperbelt to Solwezi and there are three branches running from Kapiri Mposhi to Serenje, Lusaka to Mwembeshi and Lusaka to Rufunsa.