Airtel to expand its 4G reach across Zambia
Infratel Corporation Limited and Airtel Networks Zambia Plc have signed a long-term tower colocation agreement that will allow Airtel to lease multiple installation ready towers across the ten provinces.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in Lusaka today with Infratel assuring Airtel of its continued service to avail telecommunication tower infrastructure in order to also expand capacities in already covered areas.
Speaking on behalf of Airtel Zambia, Supply Chain Director Mr Martin Jowi said, “We are delighted to be signing this MOU with Infratel today. This is a long-term agreement between the two institutions as we continue to reach out to every corner of Zambia expanding our 4G reach.” He also added that the partnership would enable the Company to focus its energy and resources on product and service innovation to enhance the customer experience for all Zambians.
Infratel’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Freelance Bwalya said that as Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) continue to transform from being communication service providers to digital service providers the need to leverage telecom infrastructure sharing was becoming stronger.
“We are excited to have this MOU in place with Airtel and as you know Telecom infrastructure sharing always significantly reduces the time and capital requirement for MNOs to quickly setup and expand their coverage, “Mr Bwalya said.
“Today’s signing is significant because this cement an already existing and growing relationship that we have had with Airtel, and it is pleasing to note that our partnership is anchored on shared values such as the promotion of use of Green Energy at tower sites and reduced environmental impact of tower structures,” he added.