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4th Mobile Network to Commence Operations in 6 Months

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Zambia’s fourth mobile service provider UZI begin its operations in the next six months after paying for their license, Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba has disclosed.

Mushimba said UZI Zambia paid for its license in September after several adjustment by government to curtail barriers and encourage more players in the sector.

He said government had delayed to hand UZI Zambia a licence due to certain conditions set by ZICTA the implementing agency.

“We amended the legal framework on licencing operators in the communications sector. We wanted to lower the entrance barriers, we wanted to streamline the process on how someone can get a licence and make sure that more players can come on board with a view that competition will drive efficiency and efficiency drive lower prices for the consumers,” he stated.

Mushimba said with a commitment investment of US $400 million to set up network in Zambia, government is hopeful of more job opportunities for Zambians.

He added that UZI Zambia has six months to start operations as stated in the licence conditions upon payment of fees.

Mushimba said the coming of UZI Zambia will give competition to existing three mobile service providers and allow for lower prices for consumers.

Uzi is 4th mobile phone provider. A fourth mobile network provider, Uzi Zambia Limited, is set to start operations with an investment of over US$350 million and a creation of 450 direct jobs. Other mobile network operators already in Zambia’s space are Zamtel, Mtn and Airtel.

28 Comments

  1. jj

    waiting……

  2. Man Luche

    098?

  3. Garry

    Human Resourse Address

  4. muyenga

    well done gvt

  5. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    We don’t want many Network Providers. The ones we have such as Zamtel, Airtel and MTN are enough for the Zambians but what we want or need MOST is an electricity Company . ZESCO alone has failed to supply the people of Zambia effectively and efficiently. Why can’t the Government bring in the second electricity Company so that it can be competing with ZESCO? This company called zesco has grown wings because it has got NO one to compete with. What is so special with this same zesco? Please bring in many POWER companies in order to complete with the so called zesco company. We are tired of having many communication companies!!!!!

  6. Vernon

    You are very correct Nyirongo here in lyambango sesheke to be sincere it takes Zesco to install a transformer

  7. HOMMIE 24

    Competition drive efficiency efficiency drive low prices for us the consumers. exactly what we need. Welcome UZI

  8. concerned villager

    Thus means development but the one’s we have are enough why can’t they use the money for the less previlleged,better roads,schools,there is no standard health facilities in remote areas people are dying like flies, they need to develop rural areas why have they abandoned rural areas,why is development not equal concetrated thought its one Zambia one nation

  9. Big man

    Even on water bringing more competitor

  10. GEORGE KOMANI MWELWA

    AM ONLY INTERESTED IN JOB CREATION AND AM ONLY EMPHASIZING ON THE EMPLOYMENT WHICH THIS NEW NETWORKING COMPANY WILL BE OFFERING,LET IT NOT BE TRIBAL, FAMILY ETC. BECAUSE OUR MOTTO IS “ONE ZAMBIA,ONE NATION” PLEASE BA GOVERNMENT PUT THIS INTO CONSIDERATION WITHOUT FAIL BY ORDER. (PROFESSOR WISDOM)

  11. Happy

    Thats a good idea by Government i must say, more especially that the introduction of the new network provider company, will create job opportunies for the citizens of Zambia.

  12. Lulu lulu

    Maybe this network will be offering better network than zamtel , let me emphasize this to you, if your network will get connected to Zesco then you have failed completely because it’s what zamtel did so you find that when Zesco is not available zamtel will be on off as well ,. Please I welcome you and give us more Jobs many of our youths are jobless .

  13. Nshikele Bwino

    Let’s wait and see.

  14. victor

    that’s good for zambians

  15. kondowe mulenga

    That’s a good idea cause it will bring job opportunities but also Consider in mind that we also need another power company cause zesco has grown wings knowing that its the only power company we have nowonder whenever they dream they are raising up rates what they actually need is competition so give them

  16. COLLINS MWEWA LUNGU

    Let them come so that we choose the cheapest network provider. I will belong to all 4 networks.

  17. Samuel

    Congratulation for the fourth network

  18. Ronald

    That’s good, you’re welcome uzi

  19. cfoxx

    Guuuuuud

  20. kelvin kamanga

    lets welcome them and sea their services

  21. Kennedy

    That’s good

  22. Banda Steven Limbikani

    Uzi welcome. Hope you will be giving free bundles

  23. Peter chewe

    I hope it will provide better network

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