Zambia: UZI Mobile Zambia granted more time to prepare for commercial launch

Zambia’s Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba has revealed that the nation’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO), UZI Zambia Mobile, has been granted additional time to launch. According to the Lusaka Times Dr Mushimba confirmed that commercial services are now anticipated to be forthcoming in the latter half of the year, with the ‘behind the scenes technical deployment’ expected to be complete between October and November 2019.

TeleGeography previously reported in December 2018 that UZI Zambia Mobile, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Unitel International Holdings, was hoping to enter the market with a commercial offering in early 2019. In March 2018 the company was confirmed as the winner of Zambia’s fourth mobile licence, and while it had initially targeted November for launch, its timetable was delayed after it: struggled to secure the frequencies it needed to operate, formalise its operating licence and recruit any necessary staff.

Source: TeleGeography