Zambia starts second phase of fiber deployment

The Zambia telecommunications company (Zamtel) has started work on the second phase of the country's national fiber-optic project, designed to form a national network.

It is the first time that Zambia will have a national fiber-optic cable as the country's telecommunications backbone.

Excavation works for the project have already begun, and cable roll-out has also started, according to public relations officer Charles Kachikoti.

Last month, the Minister of Communications and Transport Dora Siliya announced that Zamtel and other operators had completed roll-out of the first phase of the fiber-optic cables that will be connected to other countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

The new project by Zamtel, however, is aimed at connecting the whole country to a fiber backbone for easy and cheaper communications.

The national optic fiber network is expected to increase bandwidth for the transmission of data and voice.

"Since customers need to network with the other parts of the country, the other optic fiber cables will be complemented by the national optic fiber network that Zamtel is preparing to roll-out in one and half years," Kachkoti said.

The new cable is expected to be operational by the end of next year and will also be connected to the regional East Africa Submarine cable system (EASSY) under the Indian Ocean to Europe.

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