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Last week Friday, Zambia’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Brian Mushimba made an announcement that the cabinet had granted approval for a new telecommunications industry licensing framework. This news of the approval hit Vodafone Zambia on the good side and the company heaped praise on the ministry of Transport and Communication for the new development.

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Therefore, the giant organization is expected to submit an application for a fourth license in the nation’s voice markets. The Minister stated that the development was to improve the sector and to draw investors to the sector.

“We applaud Cabinet, particularly the Ministry of Transport and Communication under the leadership of Hon. Brian Mushimba, for this step. As Vodafone Zambia, we are excited about what this means for Zambian consumers who will soon have a multiplicity of communication options best suited to their needs. We are convinced that this decision will open the door for innovation, leading to excellence in service delivery,” said Lars Stork, CEO Vodafone Zambia.

According to figures released in 2016 by the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), it is shown that the nation’s phone market has about 75% of the nation’s populace as subscribers, that is, there are over 12 million subscribers in a population of 16 million people.

After an initial investment –worth US$ 40 million- received by Vodafone Zambia in 2016,Vodafone Zambia launched Band 40 2.3GHz TDD in June that same year. The launching of the Band 40 2.3 GHz TDD was done in partnership with Airspan Networks Inc. – a company that provides services that help to deploy LTE-Advanced network solutions.

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“We anticipate increased investment in the sector, translating into better quality of service for the consumer, increased employment opportunities and revenue vital for development projects. This decision will forever be etched in Zambia’s development story and its ripple effect will be felt for generations to come,” said Stork as he pointed out the general public benefits of the development.

“With this new framework in place, we shall see jobs created and the quality of service will improve and it will introduce competition and the low cost of communication that comes with it. We have cleaned up the licensing framework to unleash the potential of the industry mindful of the latest technological advancements in the sector,” added Stork.

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