Uzi Zambia Announces February 2019 Launch

Zambia's fourth mobile phone service provider Uzi Zambia has confirmed that it will launch its operations in February 2019.

Uzi, whose majority shareholder is Unitel International Holdings B.V registered in the Netherlands, received a network licence in March 2018, that is valid for 15 years, to compete against Zamtel, MTN Zambia and Airtel Zambia.

The company was initially scheduled to launch in December 2018 but did not do so because it was reportedly unhappy about specific licence terms and conditions that had been issued by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA).

Brian Mushimba, the Zambian Minister of Communications and Transport confirmed this information late last year.

Until now there hasn't been much information regarding the mobile phone service company's progress on its network rollout.

A statement shared by the firm declared that Uzi Zambia wanted to inform the general public about its late launching. The statement explained that this was due to making sure that proper equipment was being installed and tested before the company announced an official launch date to the public. Uzi Zambia apologised for launching later than expected.

The Minister of Communications and Transport also confirmed the latest development saying that he felt that the company had made progress in rolling out its network and he said that he was also aware of the plans to launch the network soon.

Uzi Zambia plans to install LTE technology throughout Zambia as part of their network which supports 5G and 4G technologies. It also intends to establish over 100 universal access sites in the unserved and under-served areas.

The company's initial investment is estimated to be approximately US$350-million.

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