MTN, Sierra Group to offer free WiFi in Lusaka
MTN Zambia, in a joint development project with Sierra Group, has deployed the first of its kind Public WIFI access network in Lusaka city. The new broadband platform over WIFI is set to enable mass public access to broadband in Lusaka. The objective of the project is to enable the accelerated penetration of online services by a majority who might to date be excluded on account of various considerations.
Speaking on the launch of the Wi-Fi service, MTN Zambia Enterprise Business Head Mark Townsend said, “We took our time to study the communication challenges that our customers are facing and we took it upon ourselves as Zambia’s fastest and leading internet provider to provide solutions to these challenges. Students, shoppers and indeed anyone on the go can now access internet through our Wi-Fi links for free.”
“We live by our promises and with the recent unveiling of the first ever 1 Terabyte data bundle in Zambia, MTN Zambia is leading on every front. Our vision is to deliver a bold new digital world to our customers so as we continue to work around that statement, we are constantly looking at our products so that we better them in order for our customers to enjoy superior and uninterrupted data services.”
The offering allows all residents in Lusaka who are within the following areas to access the internet for upto 30 minutes for free.
- Eastpark Mall
- Cosmopolitan Mall
A subsidized fee will be levied for extended usage beyond allocated minutes of “free usage”. Sierra Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Fred Moturi said of the partnership, “The long term objective is to ensure that Lusaka is fully covered with MTN and Sierra WIFI signal at major population concentration centers including malls, schools, transport corridors, health facilities, tourism centers and even low income communities to ensure all get on board the wave of digital connectivity and the pursuit of penetration of access to over 50% of the population.”
This initiative will start the process of having an online connected population across Lusaka and will provide for the delivery of online public services, e-Education, E-health, access to job portals as well as given opportunity to business to create and expand their businesses online. Sierra Group is a company that specializes in the development and management of Mass Broadband access projects and Service and has been at the forefront in deployment of mass/public Wi-Fi projects in South Africa (Soweto, Taxi Ranks, Thokoza Townships) and is pleased to be partnering with MTN Zambia, the country’s leading internet provider operator to deploy the services in Lusaka, Zambia.