Cell Z, the mobile operating arm of Zambia’s national fixed line operator Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (Zamtel), has announced the launch of its third-generation infrastructure, with the operator claiming to have invested around USD37 million in the network. According to the Lusaka Times, introducing the new network, Zamtel chief commercial officer Amon Jere, revealed that it would initially make 3G services available along the country’s railway lines, as well as in the North-western province, Copperbelt province, Lusaka, Choma, Mazabuka and Livingstone. ‘We expect to finish the first phase in October while the second phase will see us switch on all provincial capitals,’ the executive also noted.
Mr Jere was also keen to stress that the cellco was working to ensure the availability of affordable 3G-enabled handsets and dongles in all locations where the service will be offered. He revealed that Cell Z was working with partners Samsung, ZTE and Wawi to introduce devices that were within the financial reach of the general public, adding: ‘It’s all about affordability when it comes to Zamtel. There is no point investing USD37 million in the 3G network when there is a barrier to it.’