Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which it will supply, deploy and maintain fibre-optic infrastructure in the so-called ‘Multi-functional Economic Zone’ (MFEZ) of Southern Lusaka. According to Agence Ecofin, Zamtel estimates the cost of rolling out fibre in the special investment area at ZAM1.7 million (around USD175,000). It is understood that the work will be carried out in two phases, with the first seeing the development of the network serving the main building in the MFEZ, while the second will see Zamtel roll out fibre across the rest of the zone.
Zambia’s MFEZ’s are special industrial areas which serve both export-oriented and domestic-oriented industries as part a government programme. The report notes that the Southern Lusaka MFEZ currently lacks adequate telecoms services, a situation it is claimed, is hindering corporate communications and undermining the activities of businesses operating in the area.