Zamtel inks fibre optic deal with Botswana Telecom

Zambia Telecommunication Company (Zamtel), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation to connect a fibre optic cable through Kazungula.
The Joint project which will allow Zamtel to provide more cost effective, efficient and reliable telecommunications service is expected take between 3 to 4 months to implement.
Commenting on the Signed MoU, Zamtel Chief Commercial Officer Amon Jere said Zamtel was pleased to take the lead in providing the best telecommunications services to the Zambian people.
“Once implemented this project will make Zambia a telecommunications hub in the region and will further cement Zamtel’s position as the most efficient, reliable and cost effective provider of both voice and data services” Said Mr. Jere
He said the two telecoms companies have agreed to equally share the project cost and further agree to form a joint project Management team that will help manage all aspects of the project.
Mr. Jere explained that the project once completed will help reduce the cost of international connectivity and internet services, increase the quality and speed of internet and data service resulting into the creation of quality and affordable communications solutions for consumer and Enterprise customers.
“We are working on providing high quality and yet affordable high speed internet for all Zambians. Every Zambian Must have access to affordable high quality broadband internet through mobile internet and fixed internet through ADSL”
Mr Jere said the project will cost USD$258,000.00 equivalent to an estimated ZMK1.4 Billion.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jere has revealed that Zamtel is working to connect fibre optic cable to Namibia through Kazungula and also to Tanzania through Nakonde. These connections will give Zamtel access undersea cables hence increase further the internet capacity in Zambia.

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