Government has invited bids from interested parties in the telecommunication sector to set up a fourth mobile service provider since Uzi Mobile Zambia Limited has failed to start operating.
The Zambian government, through Zambia Information and Communication Technology Agency (ZICTA), granted Uzi a licence to operate a fourth mobile phone service.
However, the company failed to start operations and missed all extension deadlines it was given to actualise their investment.
Transport and Communications Minister Mutotwe Kafwaya said on Monday that the government remains committed to the promotion of competition in the telecommunication sector.
“ZICTA awarded a license to Uzi Mobile to become a fourth mobile service provider. And I must mention here that on two occasions, Uzi was given extensions but failed to start operating in line with the license it was awarded. Uzi is not coming back because it failed to start operating during the time it was given. It is for this reason that the government is encouraging players in the telecommunication sector with capacity to start operating to take advantage and bid for a license,” Mr Kafwaya said.