Zambia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Zambia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • October 2019 •
  • 99 pages •
  • Report ID: 3102324 •
  • Format: PDF
Zambia is a landlocked country with a focus on developing ICTs to spur growth in the digital economy.

Consumers have benefited from access to international submarine fibre optic cables, which has seen a considerable reduction in fixed-line and mobile access pricing. Pricing has also been reduced in recent quarters as network operators battle to gain customers in anticipation of the launch of services by UZI Telecom.

The government’s Universal Access Fund has made considerable progress in delivering telecom services to underserved areas, particularly in paying for more than 1,000 base stations to be built. By the end of 2018 this project had was about half-completed.
Separately, mobile network operators continue to invest in 3G and LTE-based services, while the government also contracted Huawei to upgrade the state-owned mobile infrastructure for 5G services.
Fixed-line broadband services remain underdeveloped, though MTN Zambia has initiated an FttP program, initially in Lusaka.

Key developments:
Vodacom Group sells Business unit in Zambia; has its local operating license revoked;
Biometric SIM card registration scheme launched;
Zamtel commissions additional towers as part of a government-funded rural infrastructure project;
Parliamentary committee proposes sale of 40% of Zamtel to a third-party player;
Huawei contracted to upgrade state-owned mobile tower network for 5G;
MTN Zambia announces FttP rollout plans via its Connected Home’ initiative, launches micro lending service Kongola;
Government adopts new converged licensing regime;
National Data Center opens as part of the government’s Smart Zambia project;
Report update includes the regulator’s market updates to March 2019, operator data to Q1 2019, Telecom maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
Zambia Telecommunications (Zamtel, LAP Green); MTN Zambia; Bharti Airtel; Cell Z (Zamtel); ZamNet; Coppernet Solutions; UUNet Zambia; Microlink Technologies; AfriConnect; Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO); Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC); Comium.

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