Zambian minister calls for Airtel to reduce call costs

22 Feb 2012

Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga has called on the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, Airtel Zambia, to consider reducing calls costs in order that subscribers might use their services for business purposes. According to the Lusaka Times, the minister has claimed that Airtel should be looking to offer services at a low enough price point that would allow mobile connections to be used for business, and is understood to have suggested that the cellco should be looking to invest more in technology in order to reduce end-user costs.

Arguing that the government has played its part in reducing the cost of doing business in Zambia, Mr Mukanga said he expects service providers to do likewise, with a view to ensuring the benefits of lower call rates are enjoyed by as many Zambians as possible. The report, meanwhile, cites Airtel Zambia managing director Fayaz King as saying that his company has made advances in improving service quality, while he also added that the cellco would continue investing in ICT and working closely with the state to improve people’s lives.

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