ZICTA cancels Vodafone Zambia’s licence

27 Sep 2019

Mobile Broadband Limited, which trades under the Vodafone Zambia banner, will cease operating next month after the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) announced the cancellation of its licence. In a press release regarding the matter, the regulator noted that it had made the ‘on the grounds that [the operator] has ceased to fulfil the eligibility requirements under Section 12 of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Act No.15 of 2009 by not being technically and financially capable of meeting the obligations of the terms and conditions of the licence’. Having said the licence cancellation will become effective 30 days from 20 September 2019, the ZICTA also confirmed it has withdrawn the frequency bands that were assigned to Vodafone Zambia. This development comes less than a week after reports which said that, amid continuing financial struggles, Vodafone Zambia was to be sold, after its current shareholders had failed to recapitalise it.