‘Invest in satellite communication technology’

THE private sector should invest more in satellite communication technology to bridge the information gap between urban and rural areas of the country, Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Forrie Tembo has said.
Mr Tembo made the call considering that communication in rural and other far-flung areas of the country still remains a big challenge.
He was speaking when he opened a one-day media technology workshop organised by Telplus Zambia.
The workshop was showcasing the company’s communication products that can enhance the operations of the electronic media in news gathering and dissemination.
The products included satellite phones, video and audio broadcasting appliances.
“Communication in rural and other far-flung areas of the country still remains a huge challenge. It is for this reason that Government welcomes the investment in satellite communication technology by Telplus, and other private sector companies,” Mr Tembo said.
He noted that the workshop, which includes training of broadcasting personnel, has been necessitated by the growing need for reliable, innovative, effective and result-based communications solutions.
And Telplus Zambia chief executive officer Chimuka Moore said the Zambian media needs to move with the rest of the world in communication technology.

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