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Zambia's Rural Towers Rollout Completion by October

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Zambia's telecoms regulator, ZICTA says that it expects to complete the construction of 169 new telecoms towers in rural parts of the country, in October this year.

ZICTA public relations manager Ngabo Nankonde said the project would be completed at a total cost of more than K1 million.

"ZICTA has the mandate to bridge the digital divide between the rural and urban community and by October this year, we will be completing the construction of 169 communication towers in selected villages and chiefdoms for this purpose," she said.

Ms Nankonde said the improvement to telecommunications infrastructure could not be over emphasised as it promoted business activities in rural areas and public access to mobile services.

She added ZICTA was also supporting the use of e-commerce so that buyers enjoy the facility to procure goods and services online.

Huawei is constructing the towers: 21 in Central Province; 11 in the Copperbelt; 23 in Eastern Province; 19 in Luapula; two in Lusaka; 12 in Muchina; 19 in Northern Province; 26 in North-Western Province, 21 in Southern and 15 in Western Province.

The project will see 57 towers serviced by Zamtel, 56 by MTN and 56 by Airtel.

On the web: Times of Zambia

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