Airtel Zambia disclosed in a press release that it is upgrading its base stations across the country with a view to improving internet access for its customers. To date, 58 3G cell sites have been upgraded with faster technology since July 2014 while a further 242 site upgrades are expected to be completed by end of the year, according to the statement issued by the cellco’s head of corporate communications, Yuyo Kambikambi. So far 14 sites have been upgraded in Central Province, twelve in Copperbelt, eight in Southern province, seven each in Eastern, Lusaka and Northern provinces, plus three in Western province.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July 2014 Airtel Zambia announced plans to invest around USD80 million in its network this year, on top of the almost USD270 million that had already been spent by India’s Bharti Airtel since it acquired the cellco back in 2010. As part of these plans the cellco was said to be planning to roll out 147 4G-enabled cell sites in Lusaka and Copperbelt this year. At that date the operator also issued an update on the current status of its infrastructure, with it claiming to have one of widest geographical network footprints in the country, with a total of 1,096 base stations up and running.