Zamtel issues rural coverage commitment, reveals tentative LTE launch date

25 Mar 2013

Zamtel plans to increase mobile broadband coverage in peri-urban and rural areas of Zambia, the Lusaka Times reports. Speaking at a media briefing at the Courtyard Hotel in Livingstone, CEO Dr Mupanga Mwanakatwe said that the company will deploy 400 2G and 3G base stations across the country’s less connected areas. He also revealed that Zamtel is in the midst of rolling out a fibre-optic network in various parts of Livingstone, including the area around the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport.

With regards to Zamtel Mobile’s desired 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network – which is currently pending the award of frequencies by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) – Mwanakatwe said that the company hopes to have its network up and running in Livingstone by late-May 2013, when the city plays host to a delegation from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO); the city-wide 4G rollout is expected to cost Zamtel USD4 million.