Zambia hints at fifth telco operator

A fifth telco
for Zambia?

Enough room says
industry regulator.

Sunday, Feb 23rd

More countries Zambia

Zambia can facilitate a fifth mobile network operator

Zambia can facilitate a fifth mobile network operator

Zambia's Minister of Communications and Transport Brian Mushimba says the country has the capacity to accommodate a fifth mobile network operator.

The Minister made the announcement soon after a directive issued to ZICTA (Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority) to immediately open bids for a potential fourth operator.

Cabinet last week approved the introduction of a fourth operator and cited the high cost of communication as the main reason. The move also received the support of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).

CCPC Executive Director Chilufya Sampa said the existing operators should understand that they will have to 'up their game' or risk losing customers.

The fourth operator could be operational in the next 6 to 12 months, according to Mushimba.

"The market analysis we have done supports the fact that we can have a fourth licensee and possibly a fifth and the market will still be profitable. ZICTA is now at liberty to start the process of selecting the fourth mobile network provider and we want them to do so transparently," he said.

The minister added that the government is eager to see the telecommunications sector grow from the current levels.

Zambia's new licensing framework allows multiple operators and also allows ISPs to serve as operators and make voice calls.

Currently, Zambia's mobile phone market is dominated by MTN Zambia with close to 6 million customers, followed by Airtel Zambia with approximately 4 million subscribers and Zamtel with 2 million customers.


ContinuitySA offers new ISO 27001 Lead Implementer training in Johannesburg Published on 20 February 2020

ContinuitySA has announced dates for a new PECB-Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer training for 2020.

Zambia hints at fifth telco operator Published on 17 February 2020

Country's telecommunications organisation believes market can do with the increase in competition.

Global blockchain alliance to support Africa's aviation parts industry Published on 18 February 2020

Stakeholders in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) chain to demonstrate how technology can be used to digitally manage parts.

Zambia regulator digs in heels over non-expiry data bundles Published on 10 February 2020

ZICTA confident the decision will lead to increased internet penetration.