CEC Liquid Telecoms expected to cut broadband cost
INTERNET| Aug. 30, 2012, 10:47 a.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
The high cost of broadband services in Zambia is expected to fall significantly following the launch of CEC Liquid Telecoms, which will provide competition in the wholesale broadband market.
CEC Liquid Telecoms is a joint venture between Copperbelt Energy Corporation, a private power utility company in Zambia and Liquid Telecoms of Mauritius.
The company is also expected to enhance competition in the broadband market and result in reduced cost of telecommunication and internet services in the country.
The Minister of Communications, Christopher Yaluma, said while the country has made tremendous progress in the roll-out of mobile communication services, the quality and access to the internet and broadband services is very restrictive due to high cost and poor service.
Officially launching the company, Yaluma also said with CEC Liquid Telecoms, the Zambian government was looking forward to seeing all communities both in rural and urban areas having access to high quality and efficient ICT services.
“So the coming into operation of CEC Liquid Telecoms is a positive development as it is government’s desire that access to broadband should be accessible to all citizens and does not remain a preserve of only a few individual,” Yaluma said.
And CEC Liquid Telecoms managing director Garth Schooling said his company had helped connect Zambia into a world of research and educational community.
Schooling said the coming of CEC Liquid Telecoms had stimulated competition in the country resulting in reduction of internet pricing by between 67 to 83 percent.
He said the prices are set to fall further with new routes into and out of Zambia and the advent of high capacity undersea cables.
The joint venture is currently carrying close to one gigabyte per second of commercial bandwidth between Zambia and the rest of the world.
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