PARATUS and META sign fiber deal for Zambian towns

Paratus Zambia, of the pan-African telco Paratus Group, and Meta announce an investment to build a 900 km open access metro fiber networks in Zambia to improve high-quality connectivity in under-served communities in ten Zambian cities and towns.

Paratus Zambia will own, build, and operate the network to provide wholesale services to mobile network operators and Internet service providers. The build will create about 500 jobs for local communities, enhance Paratus’ infrastructure, and help them provide more affordable services and improved coverage. The network will also connect to the Paratus carrier-neutral data center in Lusaka where Paratus can serve local businesses directly with high-quality connectivity.

This first phase will bring fiber to six cities by January 2023. The second phase will connect four towns before the end of 2023.

Paratus Zambia MD, Marius van Vuuren says work has already started. “We aim to complete the first 280 km by November and activate it by early January.”

Van Vuuren continues, “This is a significant relationship for Paratus not only because of its importance to the Zambian economy, but also because we will be helping to provide millions of people and hundreds of businesses with the opportunity to connect to the Internet via a faster and more secure fiber network.”

According to Paratus Group CEO, Schalk Erasmus, “This intervention is very much aligned with Paratus’ strategy to transform Africa through exceptional digital infrastructure and customer service. We have already made significant investments in our Zambian network, such as our fiber link from Lusaka to Chirundu and our own state-of-the-art Data Center in Lusaka to house content locally. We are also working on a parallel project to link the metro networks to various towns and cities in Zambia. We are very proud that Meta has recognised this pledge and is supporting us with this investment.”

Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa, Head of Public Policy, Southern Africa, Meta added: “These metro networks are critical to building digital communities and helping businesses evolve, particularly in under-connected communities. Paratus has already built fiber in many parts of Zambia and this relationship will help extend their good work. It’s good news for Zambia.”

Towns where the metro fiber will be available:

  1. Kitwe
  2. Ndola
  3. Livingstone
  4. Chingola
  5. Chililabombwe
  6. Solwezi
  7. Chambishi
  8. Kabwe
  9. Luanshya
  10. Mufulira

 

About Paratus

Paratus is Africa’s quality network. With an eye on the future, the group’s investment in infrastructure underscores its long-term commitment to transform Africa through exceptional digital infrastructure and customer service. Paratus is managed by a passionate and professional operational team in seven African countries – Angola, Botswana, DRC, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.  The business’s extended network provides a satellite connectivity-focused service in 37 African countries to a magnitude of customer satellite connections across Africa.  This connects African businesses across the continent and delivers end-to-end service excellence. The group’s footprint extends beyond Africa to international (points of presence) PoPs in Europe, the UK, and the USA.

Born and bred in Africa, Paratus is thinking big as it grows its footprint to deliver Africa’s quality network.  By understanding the unique opportunities that Africa offers businesses and individuals to break boundaries and to connect without limits, Paratus is committed to raising the bar for providing quality connectivity in Africa.