Zambia's Government to Boost Rural Mobile Phone Coverage
Published on: 16th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Zambia's government says that it plans to spend USD24 million building more mobile phone towers in rural areas to boost coverage where the networks currently lack services.
The project is being carried out by the telecoms regulator, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), and will see the deployment of 169 new telecoms towers.
The project is due to be completed this year, and should see mobile phone coverage expanded to more than 200,000 people currently not served by mobile networks.
The towers will be leased to the mobile networks, who then provide the service direct to customers.
It's estimated that around 5 million people living in rural areas currently lack access to mobile phone coverage.