Zamtel to switch on more towers in Eastern Province, targets 154 sites
Zamtel on March 6th 2020 officially commissioned a new communication tower at Chiwawatala Basic School in Mambwe District in the Eastern Province.
The Chiwawatala site is part of the 51 sites that have so far been switched on in the region as part of the 1009 new communication towers to be erected as part of the GRZ Communication Tower project.
The site is expected to improve the communication needs of the local people whose livelihood is mainly tourism and agriculture based.
This was announced by Zamtel Chief Executive Officer Sydney Mupeta during the commissioning of the site at Chiwawatala Basic School in Mfuwe, Mambwe District.
The event was officiated by Provincial Minister Makebi Zulu, Mambwe Distrcit Commissioner Caroline Mwanza and His Royal Highness Chief Mukanya of the Kunda speaking people and hundreds of local villagers.
Mr Mupeta also has announced that in total, Zamtel has so far erected 658 new communication towers countrywide.
He said the remaining 351 sites are planned for completion within this year.
“In Eastern Province alone, we had 46 sites before commissioning the GRZ project. So far we have added 51 communications sites on the network under the project bringing the total number of sites in Eastern Province to 97,” Mr Mupeta said.
“This leaves us with 57 sites to be commissioned within the year. As you can see, Eastern Province alone will have a total of 154 sites which will result in increased access to communication to a number of areas in this region,” he said.
Mr Mupeta said Zamtel views Eastern Province as a region with massive economic potential which makes a great contribution to the economic development of Zambia.
“We believe that adequate communication services will play an important part in realizing this potential.”/p>
And Mr. Zulu commended Zamtel for extending the network coverage to Mambwe District.
Mr Zulu who is also area Member of Parliament said the provision of communication services will help government roll out various services such as the Cash Transfer Scheme and the e-Voucher programme.
And at the launch event, Zamtel provided 100 low-cost handsets to the local people at a cost of K20 while Mr Zulu purchased a further 300 handsets to be given out for free to people to assist in their communication needs.
Zamtel is Zambia’s only total communication solutions provider. Zamtel is 100 percent owned by the Zambian Government, providing voice, data, fixed, internet, MPLS and business continuity services to businesses and individual customers in Zambia. Zamtel is committed to make a difference and empower communities as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.