New head for AfriConnect Zambia
TELECOMS| March 22, 2012, 11:18 a.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
Mark Bennett, Managing director of AfriConnect Zambia, a subsidiary of Vodacom South Africa, has resigned and will be replaced by Matt Madzima from Zimbabwe.
Bennett has been at the helm of AfriConnect since 2004 when the company was founded and has been instrumental in speeding up the growth of the company. The company’s network now covers the country’s major towns and cities including Livingstone and the Copperbelt.
Bennett said he was sure that Madzima, who is taking over effective 1 April this year, will continue pushing for the growth of the company to cover the whole country. Bennett did not give reasons for stepping down but only said he wanted to pursue other things and will stay on in Zambia.
AfriConnect was acquired by Vodacom Business Africa in 2010, a move that gave the company more financial muscles to expand its network and services.
According to the Zambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), AfriConnect is the country’s third largest internet service provider (ISP), with a 9.3% market share, behind market leader Zambia with 35.78 % and second placed Zamnet with 35.23%.
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