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An extension to the deadline for comments on proposed revisions to Zambia’s licensing guidelines has been announced by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA). Last month the regulator published a ‘Licensing Guidelines Consultation Paper’, in which it sought to outline the challenges identified in the current licensing framework – which was implemented back...

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Business communication and hosting services provider Paratus Zambia said it will soon announce the opening of its new datacentre in the heart of Lusaka. According to the company, the new purpose-built facility will enable businesses to store and access their data, at any time (24/7) “in a secure and world class 3-tier equivalent datacentre”. Paratus...

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MTN Zambia intends to migrate 274 sites by Saturday 27 March 2021 having recently secured spectrum on the 800 MHz band. According to a statement from the company, the development will lead to enhanced quality of experience for customers “through improved indoor coverage and network capacity.” In March this year the Zambia Information and Communications...

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Infratel Corporation Limited and Airtel Networks Zambia Plc have signed a tower colocation agreement that will allow Airtel to lease multiple installation-ready towers across the country’s ten provinces. According to the deal, signed on 22 March, Infratel will avail telecommunications tower infrastructure to Airtel to widen coverage. Infratel Corporation Limited, a company owned by the...

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The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has awarded the country’s largest operator, MTN Zambia, additional spectrum at a cost of US$13.5-million to improve the quality of its voice and data services. The additional spectrum, on the 800MHz frequency band, will reinforce the operator’s existing spectrum resources and utilisation. In a statement, ZICTA said...

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The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has published its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector annual market report for the year 2020, and many of its findings – and predictions – are positive. Among the highlights are increased access to, and utilisation of, ICT services in Zambia, including what is described as ‘a...

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Zambia’s government has enacted the controversial Cyber Security and Cybercrime Bill, despite vehement opposition from civil society and official opposition political party the United Party for National Development (UPND). Government claims the law will help combat cyber crime, coordinate cyber security matters, develop relevant skills and help promote the responsible use of social media platforms....

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 The space vacated in June 2020 by UZI Zambia Mobile Limited has finally been filled by the telecoms regulator. Competition promises to be tougher in the Zambian market. Beeline Telecoms Limited is the new holder of Zambia’s fourth mobile license. The announcement was made on Friday February 19 by the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Regulatory Authority...

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Zambia’s telecommunications regulator has announced plans to issue a new 20MHz frequency spectrum in the 800MHz band with bidding scheduled to end on 2 March 2021. According to the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Regulatory Authority (ZICTA), the licence’s reserve price is US$12.5-million and eligible bidders must have an electronic communication network license in the...