Zamtel Mobile, Zambia’s smallest mobile network operator by subscribers and a wholly-owned unit of fixed line incumbent Zamtel, has outlined the progress of its 3G network rollout thus far. According to local news source The Post Online, Zamtel chief commercial officer (CCO) Amon Jere was cited as saying that the cellco has now deployed a total of 92 third-generation base stations across the capital Lusaka and in the Copperbelt, while the executive also revealed that a rollout in the Southern Province is expected to go live before the end of 2011. Noting that internet penetration in Zambia was estimated at just 3.7%, Jere added that the 3G network rollout should help improve that figure, while also claiming that Zamtel Mobile’s customer base had increased by some 200% over the last twelve months, in part as a result of the increased investment in the operator’s network.
Commenting on the 3G rollout Jere noted: ‘It’s a countrywide rollout that will see us deploy 450 new 3G and 2.5G sites and once these go live, our customers will enjoy the fastest mobile broadband in the country with high internet speed downloads for multi-media content.’ The operator is also keen to stress that it will ensure services are within the reach of as many customers as possible in terms of cost, with the CCO adding: ‘We want to add value for money for our customers. Our strategy is to provide something for everyone. At Zamtel, we do not believe in one size fits all products and services because we understand that people have varying lifestyles and so we endeavour to introduce tailor made offerings to fit individual lifestyles and pockets.’
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Zamtel Mobile introduced commercial 3G services in August 2011, just a over a year after its privatisation in July 2010, when 75% of the company was divested to Libya-based LAP Green Network.