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Zambia Confirms Plans to Issue 4th Mobile Operator License

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Zambia's government has confirmed that it will issue a tender for a fourth mobile operator license, once it has completed the digital dividend migration.

The minister of communications and transport Yamfwa Mukanga confirmed that the license would be issued, saying that it was necessary to deal with high call costs by bringing in a new competitor.

The country currently has three mobile networks: MTN, Zamtel and Airtel. South Africa's Vodacom has previously indicated that it would be interested in bidding for a license.

"The government is concerned with the high cost of communication. So the fourth mobile operator will come with many advantages including reduced cost of making phone calls and other services," Mukanga said.

In addition to complaints about high costs, there are also complaints about poor quality of service, and the regulator has threatened the mobile networks with legal action if service performance does not improve.

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