Zambia’s government will spend around USD24 million on rolling out 169 base stations across the country with a view to boosting coverage in underserved rural regions, ITWeb Africa reports. Under a project being implemented by the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), with funding coming from the state, the expansion programme is expected to be finished by the end of 2014. Zambian president Michael Sata is said to have claimed that, once completed, most rural part of the country should have access to a mobile network, with more than 200,000 people expected to benefit from the work. All three of the nation’s cellcos – MTN Zambia, Airtel Zambia and Zamtel Mobile – will reportedly be connected to the new towers, with each set to pay ZICTA for using the infrastructure. Minister of Communications and Transport Yamfwa Mukanga was, meanwhile, cited as saying that tower installation will get underway in April 2014, and confirmed that all tenders have been floated and preferred bidders awarded the contract for the venture.