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Zambia’s mobile communications company, Zamtel, has partnered up with two of that country’s local television stations to offer its subscribers mobile television services.

The partnership between the public broadcaster Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and a private station Muvi Television allows Zamtel customers access to view live streaming television content using Android powered and 3G capable mobile handsets.

The Zamtel Mobile TV service would also allow ZNBC subscribers to watch Muvi TV programmes in real time using their mobile handsets.

Evans Muhanga, chief marketing officer, Zamtel said his company’s subscribers wishing to access Zamtel Mobile TV would need to have an Android mobile handset that supports 3G and an internet browser or a video player that supports the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RSTP).

He also said a subscriber’s mobile number could be activated for 3G and mobile TV streaming by simply sending a text message with the keyword ‘ZT’ to the short code 1213.

Muhanga explained that customers who register would receive a response confirming that their number has been activated for the mobile TV service.

He added that another text message with a link to the Google Android Market internet website would be sent to the customer from, which they would have to download the Zamtel Mobile TV application on to their mobile phone.

The Zamtel Mobile TV would be available to Zamtel pre-paid subscribers and also made available to post-paid customers. The live TV streaming service would be priced at $0.05 per minute.

“The charge for mobile TV will be deducted from the subscribers’ main talk time account each time they access the service,” explained Muhanga.

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