Zamtel commissions more towers in Eastern Zambia
State-owned Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (Zamtel) has commissioned two communication towers in Eastern Zambia. The towers were opened in Tumbwi and Penje-Penje villages of Petauke and Lusangazi Districts.
The two towers are part of the eight that have been constructed in Petauke and Lusangazi with an additional nine earmarked to be erected bringing the total number of towers in the area to 17. This is also part of the 1009 new towers that Zamtel is constructing across the country in order to attain universal coverage of communication services.
Speaking at the launch event, ZAMTEL Chief Commercial Officer Kenneth Sinkamba said the government is putting up towers across the country as part of the US$ 280 million Communication Tower Project Phase II.
Mr Sinkamba noted that so far the project has delivered over 500 new towers in various parts of the country with a further 300 planned for completion before the end of the year.
He added that in Eastern Province alone, Zamtel has so far added 46 new sites on the network with plans to add another 60 which will significantly improve the quality of network coverage in the Province.
“Zamtel is taking a deliberate approach to our business in the Eastern Province because we view this very rich Province as one of the priority areas due to the immense economic potential of this area. You will be interested to note that once we complete this network rollout, the entire Eastern Province shall be adequately covered,” Mr Sinkamba said during the launch ceremony.
The two ceremonies were officiated by Msanzala Member of Parliament Peter Daka who commended Zamtel for taking communication services to some of the remotest parts of the country where other service providers do not even want to go.