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Paratus metro fibre network roll-out in Zambia is complete

Paratus Zambia's metro fibre network.
Paratus Zambia's metro fibre network.

Paratus Zambia announces the completion of its metro fibre network, in partnership with Meta. Paratus Zambia, a subsidiary of the pan-African network operator Paratus Group, began the project in Q4 of 2022 to construct a 700km open access metro fibre network that will improve high-quality connectivity in under-served communities in 10 Zambian cities and towns.* With this newly built fibre network, Paratus will leverage the fibre cores and provide reliable, high-capacity last-mile connectivity to its clients.

By building this network, Paratus Zambia will provide wholesale services to mobile network operators and internet service providers. The project has created hundreds of jobs for local communities, has enhanced existing Paratus infrastructure and will now offer more reliable services and improved coverage. The network will also link to the Paratus carrier-neutral data centre in Lusaka, where Paratus serves local businesses directly with high-quality connectivity, colocation and cloud services.

Paratus Zambia Country Manager Marius van Vuuren says: “We are very proud to have worked with Meta on this project and we are delighted to be helping to provide millions of people and thousands of businesses with the opportunity to connect to the internet via a faster and more secure fibre network. This intervention aligns with our overall group strategy to transform Africa through exceptional digital infrastructure and customer service. It also complements significant investments we have already made in our Zambian network, such as our fibre link from Lusaka to Chirundu and our own state-of-the-art data centre in Lusaka to house content locally.

Paratus Zambia worked with Meta on this project.
Paratus Zambia worked with Meta on this project.

Paratus Zambia General Manager for Infrastructure Chama Chinyanta says: “Our customers are already enjoying the benefits of this expanded metro network and we intend to keep leveraging our infrastructure to continue offering top-tier services to the Zambian people. Paratus is ready to collaborate with network providers to enhance and improve their service offerings.

* Towns where the metro fibre is available:

  1. Lusaka
  2. Kitwe
  3. Ndola
  4. Livingstone
  5. Chingola
  6. Chililabombwe
  7. Solwezi
  8. Chambishi
  9. Kabwe
  10. Mufulira


Paratus is Africa’s quality network. With an eye on the future, the group’s investment in infrastructure underscores its long-term commitment to transform Africa through exceptional digital infrastructure and customer service. Paratus is managed by a passionate and professional operational team in seven African countries – Angola, Botswana, DRC, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia. The business’s extended network provides a satellite connectivity-focused service in over 35 African countries to a magnitude of customer satellite connections across Africa. This connects African businesses across the continent and delivers end-to-end service excellence. The group’s footprint extends beyond Africa to international (points of presence) PoPs in Europe, the UK, and the USA.

Born and bred in Africa, Paratus is thinking big as it grows its footprint to deliver Africa’s quality network. By understanding the unique opportunities that Africa offers businesses and individuals to break boundaries and to connect without limits, Paratus is committed to raising the bar for providing quality connectivity in Africa.

* Article first published on www.itweb.co.za

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