Having announced that it had connected to the West Africa Cable System (WACS) earlier this month, MTN Zambia has now revealed that the development has allowed it to increase the maximum downlink speeds offered over its network to 42Mbps. With such speeds suggesting that the cellco has deployed Dual Carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) technology – though it did not mention the technology specifically – MTN Zambia’s chief marketing officer Clement Asante was cited as saying: ‘We have invested heavily in data infrastructure in line with our new vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world. MTN Zambia has clearly led in delivering a superior network in terms of voice and data or internet quality and speed.’
Meanwhile, with the executive having suggested that uptake of mobile broadband services in the country had been hampered by high cost of devices, MTN Zambia has launched its ‘Big Internet Bonanza promotion’, which it has said aims to make its services both available and affordable to as many Zambians as possible through ‘various device bundle offers, free data gifts and an introduction of the Social bundle which gives access to social networks like Facebook’. Under the promotion the mobile network operator will offer an internet-enabled device for ZMW115 (USD21.6), with that also coming with 150MB of free data.