10 December 2012

Zambia: MTN to Spend K250 Billion On Upgrade

MTN Zambia will next year invest about K250 billion in its technology upgrade throughout the country.

Ismail said that this year alone MTN spent more than US$35 million in its technology upgrade.

"In 2013 as one of the fastest growing mobile phone operator, we will ensure that we increase our investment towards technology upgrade, this will enable us to grow even faster and help us to deliver the best services to our clients," he said.

Mr Ismail said this in Lusaka during the tour of the MTN premises by the members of the parliamentary committee on communication, transport works and supply.

He said that over the years the company has spent over $100 million on various technology upgrades and techniques.

Mr Ismail noted that MTN would continue to invest in various developmental programmes which would support its objective of delivering good and cheaper services to its customers.

"We are the second largest player in the market, but we have continued to register positive growth, we will increase our investments in the country so that as a company we can grow and the sector as a whole," he said.

In going forward, MTN will be offering its customers cheaper and affordable services and products that would be of full benefits to the local people.

And committee chairperson Kapembwa Simbao challenged MTN to ensure that it expands its network to remote areas as a means of easing communication.

He said that over the years, mobile operators were not fully servicing people in most rural areas of the country.

"We have been to places where there is no network but these mobile operators keep saying we are growing, but my challenge is that expand to rural areas even to the remotest. Those people need your services don't just concentrate on the line of rail," he said.

He, however, commended MTN for its continued innovations but challenged the firm to ensure all its products where of equal benefits to the local people.

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