Zamtel says has spent USD20 million fibre network expansion

5 Aug 2009

According to, Zambia Telecommunication Company (Zamtel) has invested around USD20 million on the expansion of its fibre-optic network. The telco’s fibre network now stretches for 1,500km, and it plans to further extend this to 4,000km as part of a USD48 million project to provide a second international gateway by linking to the East African Submarine System (EASSy) cable. All provincial centres are expected to be connected to the network by 2010, and the telco has said it expects the network development to allow it to reduce the cost of communications for its fixed line subscribers. While Zamtel is utilising its own resources for the bulk of the network rollout, it is also understood that a portion of the funds are being provided by unnamed international institutions.