12 November 2012

Zambia: Fourth Mobile Network Restriction to Be Lifted

GOVERNMENT has embakred on a process of repealing the Statutory Instrument (SI) of 2010 which restricts the entry of a fourth mobile network operator into the country before it can license a new service provider.

Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Christopher Yaluma said a team of technocrats is currently working on modalities that would ascertain the coming of the fourth mobile operator in the country.

Mr Yaluma said that there was still paper work the Government was working on before it would give a licence to the fourth mobile operator and that it was just a policy pronouncement which needs to be implemented.

"There is still paper work that is being worked on before we go ahead and give a licence to the fourth mobile operator, once all the paper work is done, we can allow a fourth operator to come and boost the communication sector," he said.

From the time the market was opened for new operators, the Government has not yet received any application from any mobile operator.

He said that licence would not be given now as the regulator is required to go into it and look at technical requirements.Mr Yaluma said that the regulator would look at issues to do with the frequency where the operator would be operating from.

"But most importantly we need to over ride the Statutory Instrument (SI) that stops the coming of the fourth mobile operator in the country," he said.

The Government would ensure that it attracts more investment to the communication sector as it plays a vital role towards development.

Earlier, Mr Yaluma said the Government was in support of allowing a fourth mobile opera.

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