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Experts assess Wi-Fi internet costs in Zambia

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba says an exploratory team has conducted a formal assessment and cost associated to the roll out of free Wi-Fi internet in public places in Zambia.
Speaking during a special interview on Radio Phoenix yesterday, Mr Mwamba said the team last week visited Zambia for five days to make formal assessment and cost associated to the roll out of free Wi-Fi internet in public places.
He said that the team met officials from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Lusaka City Council, Zamtel and University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
“The team of investors is looking at how much the Wi-Fi project might cost. They are talking to the Ministry of Local Government, ZAMTEL and Local Authorities who can share the cost so that it is free for young people to use it,’’ he said.
Mr Mwamba said he has seen the model which South African investors intend to install in Zambia.
He said the model has already been installed in three municipalities in South Africa.
Mr Mwamba said the project will be first piloted in Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe and Livingstone.
He said there are over 10 million Zambian youths who use cellphones to access information.
Mr Mwamba said the new media platform can be used by young people to get information on employment and other things they would like to know.
He, however, said most young people might not afford to explore the new media because it will be expensive for them to buy bundles in order for them to browse.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwamba said the decision by Matero member of Parliament (MP) Miles Sampa to resign from the PF will not affect the popularity of the party.
“This is an election year, people will be gambling looking for a political party they think is a heavy weight,’’ he said.
Mr Mwamba said only loyal people will remain in the PF because many will be jumping from one political party to another.

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