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VENTURES AFRICA – In a bid to boost broadband speed and mobile connectivity in Zambia, MTN has launched the 4G LTE service for local consumers, making it the first operator to roll out the service in the country.
MTN Zambia’s CEO, Abdul Ismail said the rollout was part the company’s overall strategy of network transformation and was already servicing customers in other African economies.
“We are happy to claim another first in Zambia with this momentous announcement as MTN Zambia successfully launches its 4G LTE network, offering world-class mobile broadband services to our customers,” said Ismail.
The first phase launch currently provides the 4G service consumers in Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola and livingstone, with a 2nd phase expected to further expand coverage to other provinces.
“The days of waiting for hours on end for music, pictures or videos to load online are long gone with MTN’s LTE service,” added Clement Asante, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.
In a ploy to refocus its strategy and free up management space, MTN recently sold 704 mobile towers to IHS, a telecom tower-focused operator, with further sales made in Rwanda and Ivory Coast.