ZICTA confirms 147 of 169 planned rural communications towers are up and running

13 Nov 2014

The Zambia Information Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has reportedly constructed 147 of the planned 169 new telecommunication towers which are to be deployed in rural parts of the country. AllAfrica cites ZICTA assistant public relations officer Christabel Simbulo as confirming that the 147 towers were already live, while the remaining 22 are understood to be undergoing the final work to allow them to carry traffic, with around ZMW1 million (USD158,400) having been set aside for the project.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July 2014 the ZICTA announced it was aiming to complete the construction of 169 new telecommunications towers in selected rural parts of the country by October. The regulator’s public relations manager Ngabo Nankonde said of the plans: ‘ZICTA has the mandate to bridge the digital divide between the rural and urban community and by October this year, we will [complete] the construction of 169 communication towers in selected villages and chiefdoms for this purpose.’