The Zambia Information Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has erected 147 out of 169 new telecommunication towers, which have been earmarked for construction in selected rural parts of Zambia.
According to the Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA), the erection of new telecommunication towers by ZICTA would help enhance access to communication by the rural community. The improvement of telecommunication infrastructure could not be over emphasised, as it promoted business activities in rural areas and provided public access to mobile and internet services, it said.
Christabel Simbulo, ZICTA assistant public relations officer, stated that: “The 147 towers were already live while the remaining 22 were undergoing works to be linked to the airwaves.”
Simbulo also added that the regulator had set aside ZMK 1 million for the project, which is aimed at bridging the digital divide between the rural and urban communities.