Subscriber base growing – ZICTA

THE Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has recorded substantial growth in mobile service providers’ subscriber base from 50,000 in 2000 to 10.8 million to date.
The authority also says the liberalisation of the international gateway has fostered competition in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.
ZICTA director support services Mofya Chisala said the ICT sector reform is one area where there has been great improvement.
“Just in 2000, we only had 50,000 mobile subscribers but this time, we are talking about 10.8 million and so there is that growth representing mobile penetration of 69 percent,” Mr Chisala told Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Lungu when they toured the ZICTA pavilion on Saturday at the just ended 51st Zambia International Trade Fair.
He said competition is increasing with voice and short messaging system tariffs continuing to drop as Government has also emphasised that tariffs need to reduce to benefit consumers.
Meanwhile, Mr Chisala also said the ICT sector is the backbone of business performance and socio-economic development.
“We are very large in regulation and Government has gone big in ensuring that we have processes of ease of doing business. The licensing reforms is another area where we have done very well,” he said.
He cited the liberalisation of the international gateway for the three mobile service providers who now have their own licences for the international gateway.
He said the development has fostered competition in the ICT sector.
This year’s trade fair, which took place from July 1 to 7, was held under the theme ‘Prosperity through Business Reforms’.

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