THE Zambia Information Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) is expected to complete the construction of 169 new telecommunications towers in selected rural parts of the country, in October this year.
ZICTA public relations manager Ngabo Nankonde said the project would be completed at a total cost of more than K1 million.
Ms Nankonde was speaking in an interview at the ongoing Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Ndola, under the theme, "Showcasing 50 Years of Business Transformation and Development.
"ZICTA has the mandate to bridge the digital divide between the rural and urban community and by October this year, we will be completing the construction of 169 communication towers in selected villages and chiefdoms for this purpose,"she said.
Ms Nankonde said the improvement to telecommunications infrastructure could not be over emphasised as it promoted business activities in rural areas and public access to mobile services.
She said ZICTA was also supporting the use of e-commerce so that buyers enjoy the facility to procure goods and services online.
Interpreting the theme for this year's ZITF, Ms Nankonde said ZICTA was transforming businesses by among other means, implementing the national addressing project.
"The national addressing project provides a database of business information such as postal addresses and allows companies to patent their innovations," she said.
Ms Nankonde said ZICTA would spur the spread of Information Communication Technology (ICT) because of the contribution towards economic development.