Zamtel, BTC ink fibre-optic cable deal

7 Oct 2010

State-owned fixed line operator Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) for the construction of a fibre-optic cable through Kazungula, online news source Zambian Watchdog reports. The joint project will allow Zamtel to provide more cost effective, efficient and reliable telecommunications services and is expected to take between three to four months to implement. The two companies have agreed to equally share the cost of the USD290,000 project, as well as forming a joint project management team to help manage all aspects of the project. Commenting on the signing of the MoU, Zamtel’s CCO Amon Jere said: ‘Once implemented this project will make Zambia a telecommunications hub in the region and will further cement Zamtel’s position as the most efficient, reliable and cost effective provider of both voice and data services.’ Mr Jere added that the project will help reduce the cost of international connectivity and internet services, as well as improve the quality of such services.