MTN Zambia, the second largest cellco in the country, has launched Zambia’s first commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in selected locations in Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola and Livingstone, according to CEO Abdul Ismail. TechTrends reports that MTN Zambia has been testing the technology since August 2013. Further, the second stage of the deployment progress, which is already underway, will see coverage extended to several new locations. CEO Ismail advised customers to get their LTE routers and SIM cards, which come with a free pre-loaded internet bundle, from service centres in the stated coverage areas, adding that modems and handsets will be available soon. Clement Asante, MTN Zambia chief marketing officer, commented: ‘The days of waiting for hours on end for music, pictures or videos to load online are long gone with MTN’s LTE service. It will significantly transform the way you interact with the world.’
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March 2013 it was claimed that cellco Zamtel was planning the rollout of an LTE network, having applied to the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) for an LTE-suitable spectrum. August 2013 saw the operator partner with Swedish vendor Ericsson to demonstrate LTE at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly 2013 in Livingstone.