Fibre Network Infrastructure

Paratus Group Spends US$14-Million On Trans-Kalahari Fibre Project That Will Run From Zambia To Namibia

The Pan African telecoms operator Paratus Group says that it has invested US$14-million on the Trans-Kalahari fibre project that will connect Zambia to the undersea cable in Namibia.

The project will run from the West Africa Undersea Cable System (WACS) landing station situated in Swakopmund, Namibia, and the Sesheke border which is in between Zambia and Namibia.

The company stated that it had decided to increase capacity to Zambia because of the increasing demand for more data and internet capacity in the country.

According to a report that was recently compiled by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), there currently is a huge appetite for data services in Zambia due to the rapid adoption of smartphones and many other mobile devices.

The CEO of the Paratus Group, Barney Harmse said that investing in telecoms infrastructure would allow Paratus to strengthen its position as a leader in reliable connectivity across Africa.

Harmse noted that the project would also be an indication that investment in telecommunication infrastructure is crucial for economic growth.
He added that his team is confident that by continuing with its investment strategy, Paratus Africa would ultimately become the most preferred pan-African operator.

In Zambia, Paratus faces competition from other operators including MTN Zambia, Liquid Telecom, Microlink, the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation and the Zambia Telecommunications Company.

However, the Country Manager at Paratus, Marius Van Vuuren said that the Trans-Kalahari fibre project would now set the company apart from its competitors by allowing it to run on the network installed in Zambia.

Currently, Paratus operates in a number of countries including Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia.

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