Zambia adopts 4G as the new standard, phases out 2G and 3G networks
In an effort to improve internet connectivity, Zambia has established fourth-generation (4G) internet as a standard.
The strategy will conclude in the country's removal of 2G and 3G networks.
The intentions were presented by Felix Mutati, minister of science and technology, at the recently finished first Information and Communications Technology, Postal and Courier Services awards.
"We're getting rid of 2G. We want all towers to have internet access," the minister stated. "Every tower from now on will only be 4G and upwards internet enabled."
He stated that the development was in line with the government's commitment to President Haikande Hichilema's determination to use ICT as a catalyst to better Zambians' lives.
The minister stated that internet access has improved by 5% in the last year, reaching 58 percent by 2023.
Operators throughout the world are abandoning 2G and 3G to make room for 4G and 5G.
The key participants in the Zambian mobile network industry are Airtel, MTN, and the state-owned Zamtel.
MTN was the first to launch 4G service in the country in 2014. The South African-based operator was also the first to launch 5G in 2022.