Zain Zambia to boost base station numbers

16 Nov 2010

Zain Zambia, the country’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has announced that it plans to construct 624 new base stations over the next two years, the Zambia Post reports, citing the cellco’s commercial director Mark Ocitti. Speaking at the commissioning of a new cell site, Mr Ocitti also revealed that the cellco had spent around ZMK38 billion (USD8 million) on the rollout of 32 base stations over the last three months. Some of the country’s more remote regions with fewer inhabitants will miss out however, with the executive noting: ‘Obviously, we are a business, so whatever we do is based on some projection of a return, but regarding the (communications) minister’s appeal to increase mobile network strength in some parts of the country, we are hopeful that we are going to meet that demand.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Zain Zambia, which was acquired by India’s Bharti Airtel in June 2010 as part of the latter’s purchase of the African assets of Kuwait-based Zain, had a market share of just over 66% at the end of June 2010, having signed up some 3.4 million customers by that date.

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