Zamtel connects to WACS, SAT-3

19 Jul 2012

Zambian fixed line incumbent Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (Zamtel) has completed connections to two submarine cables, those being the West Africa Cable System (WACS) and SAT-3, with both links made via Telecom Namibia. According to ITWeb Africa, which cites Zamtel chief executive officer Mupanga Mwanakatwe, the Zamtel fibre network runs from Solwezi, Ndola, Lusaka, Livingstone and Sesheke into Namibia, before eventually travelling onwards to the western seaboard international undersea cables. Mr Mwanakatwe has claimed that, having connected to the two submarine cables, his company could now potentially deliver 600Mbps of internet capacity to Zambian customers. In the wake of the development the executive also noted: ‘We are planning to introduce additional value added services in the near future’. It has been suggested that Zamtel could look to increase capacity for its ADSL-based services, while plans to grow the telco’s fibre metro network to provide cost-effective end solutions to corporate clients are also thought to be under consideration.