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Zamtel unveils 3G services

By , ITWeb’s Zambian correspondent.
Zambia , 30 Apr 2012

Zamtel unveils 3G services

Zambian telco Zamtel has commercially launched its 3G mobile services, enabling its subscribers to have higher speed mobile broadband access.

The 3G service comes on the back of the “soft launch” of the service which took place in February this year, in which selected subscribers were given the opportunity to test the 3G working on the Zamtel network.

“I’m happy that today, we have added yet another arrow in our quiver of service offerings by offering our customers state-of-the art service and functionality on our mobile network,” said Zamtel chief executive officer Mupanga Mwanakatwe

Lap Green Networks' purchase of a 75% stake in Zamtel in 2010, valued at $257 million, was controversially reversed by Zambia's government in January. The move followed a government-sanctioned inquiry, which said the sale was marred by “irregularities”.

As a result, a court battle has been underway in that country, as Lap Green Networks, which is owned by the Libyan government, is in a bid to force Zambia to reverse its decision to take over its majority share in Zamtel.

The Zambian high court two weeks ago refused to grant interim protection for Lap Green’s seized assets, but the Libyan telco is planning to address the issue in its next case against the government, which is scheduled in the Zambian High Court on 9 July, 2012.

Zamtel joins telco Airtel Zambia, as the second company to launch a 3G mobile service in the country.

MTN, who recently announced plans to invest $100 million in Zambia over the next three years, is also expected to launch its 3G services by the third quarter of this year.

Currently, Zambia only has three operators MTN, Airtel and Zamtel.

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