Zambia’s AfriConnect plans to expand internet coverage to outlying areas

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

AfriConnect Zambia plans to expand Internet coverage to outlying areas by 2014 to double its market share, according to a company official.

Harold Bunda, AfriConnect marketing officer, said the company was looking at boosting its 45 per cent market share by expanding coverage to Mkushi, Kapiri Mposhi, Petauke, Chambishi, Mumbwa and Nakonde districts.

"The increase in coverage and the slash in prices in our equipment will result in doubling our market share," Bunda told the Local Post newspaper.

Recently, the company announced it would spend approximately US$7 million on expansion activities by next year.

"Our aim is to remain the leading Internet provider, so we are going into mass tap of clients," Joretta Mwamba, AfriConnect SMEs sales advisor said.

The company last Thursday announced an extension of its "unmissable deal" promotion aimed at tapping more clients. The deal offers potential clients in Lusaka and the Copperbelt a 4G modem for K499 and a 20GB monthly subscription plan for K585.

AfriConnect, which was founded in 1996, offers WiMAX connectivity in 18 towns and cities across Zambia, including the capital Lusaka, Livingstone, Kabwe, Chingola, Kitwe, Ndola, Solwezi, Chipata, Choma, Kasama, Mansa, Mongu and Namwala.


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