Airtel Zambia has introduced the country's first 3.75G data network that will enable customers to experience high-speed mobile broadband access, make video calls, and watch TV live.
Until now, mobile TV in Zambia was not an option due to poor infrastructure and limited broadband capacity.
Airtel said the technology used to usher in the 3.75G network was the fastest available and will be enormously beneficial for a variety of users, including large corporates, SMEs and the youth.
The data service offers speeds of up to 21Mbps, making Airtel Zambia the fastest mobile Internet provider in the country. The services form part of the company's $250 million rollout plan, which ends in March.
Telecommunications is one of Zambia's fastest growing industries, after mining, with a rapidly expanding mobile phone market that now covers Internet access, mobile banking and mobile commerce.
Airtel Zambia MD Fayaz King said the 3.75G data network is also expected to be rolled out across Africa, in countries where Airtel has operations, including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, with the objective of building the largest 3G network across the region.
In Zambia alone, King said the company currently has 280 3.75G sites covering all provincial districts. By the end of 2012, King expects that the company will have rolled out up to 400 sites across the country.
Airtel has already partnered with the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the country's telecoms sector regulator, to build more than 350 communications towers across the country under the Universal Access Network Rollout Project, which is financially supported by the Zambian government. The project aims at expanding communications across the country, with under-serviced areas a key focus.
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