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Telecoms Zambia Zambia's telecoms sector spurs economic growth

Zambia's telecoms sector spurs economic growth

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Zambia’s government says the mobile telecommunications sector in the country has spurred economic growth in key industries such as mining, tourism, agriculture and health.

Speaking at the launch of two MTN Zambia service centres in Lusaka, the minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication, Christopher Yaluma, said government will continue to look for opportunities to improve the telecommunications infrastructure through the provision of appropriate incentives that favour growth in marginalised rural areas.

“As government, we will continue to listen to private sector players like MTN Zambia to explore ways of improving the industry.

“My government will continue to look for opportunities to improve the telecom infrastructure through the provision of appropriate incentive that favour growth,” Yaluma said.

According to the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), the country’s telecom sector regulator, MTN Zambia is the fastest growing network in the country.

The mobile operator has slightly over four million customers second to Airtel Zambia, which has five million customers.

MTN Zambia chief executive officer Abdul Ismail said the opening of the two service centres at a cost of $331, 000 was inevitable because of the large number of customers on the MTN network.

Ismail said the new service centres were equipped with state-of-the-art technology that brings convenience to customers.