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Zamtel announces 4G mobile launch

26 Nov 2018

Zambian state-owned operator Zamtel has announced the launch of mobile 4G LTE network services in the Copperbelt region, reports the Lusaka Times. Zamtel, which previously rolled out fixed-wireless LTE services for home/office modem users, said that its new network is now ‘commercially available to all mobile users on the Copperbelt’, offering mobile data speeds ‘in excess of 30Mbps’ for all compatible devices via cell sites in Kitwe, Chingola, Mufulira, Chambishi, Lufwanyama, Chililabombwe and Kalulushi including the border town of Kasumbalesa. Zamtel CEO Sydney Mupeta declared: ‘With this launch, we confirm our position as a company focused on innovation and providing an increasingly better mobile internet experience for our customers. We are taking an important step in improving service levels for both individuals and corporate [users] on the Copperbelt as it remains a key market for us … We are now focused on accelerating the rollout of the 4G network to more regions and ensuring that there is sufficient high speed mobile broadband coverage across the country. The introduction of 4G on mobile will enable us, amongst other things to seize digital opportunities on the Copperbelt and empower customers through a seamless digital experience … Our customers can now enjoy higher speed browsing, faster uploads and downloads as well as easy streaming.’

Zamtel CTO Freelance Bwalya added: ‘Our goal is not about keeping track of other operators but responding to the strong wave of data demand from data-hungry customers in the region … This marks another significant milestone for Zamtel. It is a giant leap that allows us to offer innovative services to customers as we position the company to drive digital transformation on the market.’

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