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Zamtel embarks on countrywide expansion

By , ITWeb’s Zambian correspondent.
Zambia , 09 Jul 2012

Zamtel embarks on countrywide expansion

The Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) has embarked on a countrywide expansion programme to construct 132 cell sites at a cost of $9 million.

The project will involve the construction of towers, control rooms, power supply units and various communications and switching equipment.

Each site is expected to cover about 400 square metres and have been leased from various private and corporate entities with the implementation projected over three main phases spanning a four-month period.

The project will also include the construction of 50 metres average height towers, ancillary structures, fencing and access.

The expansion project is expected to boost the company’s network in both urban and rural areas in order for the company to compete favourably with Airtel Zambia and MTN Zambia, the country’s two biggest operators.

Zamtel has since submitted the environmental impact statement (EIS) report to the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) for approval of the project.

“Zamtel is on a process of expanding its services and intends to construct 132 cell sites across the country. However, only 129 sites have been approved by the Department of Civil Aviation thus construction works will only be for the 129 sites,” said the report.

According to the EIS by the company, the development of the network will facilitate vital marketing campaign for the company while the offering of modern advanced features on the network to its customer means erecting more towers to maximize the benefit to the customers.

The report says as a result of the project, Zamtel will create about 200 jobs for general, skilled and semi-skilled workers and that the company will also employ about 120 guards to guard the facilities during the day and night to guard against thefts of generator starter batteries and fuel.

MTN Zambia announced last month it was investing $65.8 million in its network expansion and upgrades.

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