Mobile operator Airtel Zambia has laid out a strategy to put up an extra 200 mobile phone towers in rural areas before the end of the year.
“Our target is at least 200 towers in rural areas across the country and, for your information, the government has also supported our project by enacting a statutory instrument Number 23 of 2011 for waiver of duty and passive telecomm equipment,” said Airtel managing director Fayaz King.
King added that Airtel has partnered with the Zambia Information Communication Technology Authority (ZCTA), which could result in 350 sharable towers across the country. There are currently only 170 towers.
The construction of new towers will improve connectivity between users and make communication easier said King
“Information and communications technologies have significantly transformed the lives of the users, we shall continue to work towards improving the lives of the people in all areas of the country,” he concluded.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor