Zamtel launches 3G mobile broadband
ZAMTEL has commercially launched its third Generation (3G) mobile broadband services to enable subscribers have supreme access to the internet.
The 3G service comes on the back of the “Soft launch” of the service which took place in February this year, in which selected few subscribers were given the opportunity to test the 3G working on the Zamtel network.
Company chief executive officer Mupanga Mwanakatwe says the launch is a significant milestone as the telecommunication firm celebrates nearly 100 years of operating communication services in the country.
“Today we have added yet another arrow in our quiver of service offerings that once again demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that our customers benefit from the state of the art services and punctuality on our mobile network,” he said.
Dr Mwanakatwe said the launch of the 3G network that service offers a number of benefits such as very high speed data capability, enhanced high speed audio and video streaming.
Other applications are video calling, high speed Web and WAP browsing and IPTC (TV through the internet).
He also said the board of directors is happy with the continued adoption and evolution of modern telecommunication technologies that the country’s oldest telecommunication firm has gone through over the last century.
He said it is almost 100 years since the firm introduced telecommunication by way of the first manual exchange installed in Livingstone in 1913.
Dr Mwanakatwe said the firm has continued to embrace technological evolutions in the field of telecommunications and has provided cost effective and high quality services to its customers despite the rapid changes in the global telecommunication landscape.
“At Zamtel, we truly believe that communication is the currency of the modern world. If it is not quick, clear, affordable and available to all, it’s not good enough,” he said.
Zamtel is 100 percent Government-owned, providing voice, data, fixed, internet and business services to entrepreneurs and individual customers.
In 2011, the company embarked on an aggressive investment programme, the first phase of which was focused on expanding the GSM, network coverage and grew the number of base stations from 197 to 440 in 2011.
The 3G network is currently being deployed in all the major cities across the country.