Zamtel to start digitising exchanges

20 Dec 2010

Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel), the country’s state-owned fixed line incumbent, has reportedly commenced the first phase of a project costing around USD23 million under which it will decommission its analogue exchanges, according to Telecompaper. It is understood that Zamtel will replace the old analogue exchanges with digital alternatives, which it claims will allow it to offer its fixed line customers additional features, including broadband, audio and video conferencing and missed call notifications. The first phase of the programme, which follows a successful pilot at the Woodlands exchange in Lusaka, will run until January 2011, during which time exchanges in Ridgeway, Chinika, Emmasdale and Lusaka will be upgraded. According to Zamtel’s chief communications officer, Amon Jere, the second stage of the project will see the digital upgrades take place nationwide, and will begin in the first quarter of 2011.