Zamtel to offer free internet services during UNWTO conference

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

Zamtel has completed its USD4 million Livingstone investment and is on schedule to hand over free internet hotspots to all official UNWTO venues and hotels ahead of the conference.

With the new interconnection, Livingstone has become the first city in the country to benefit from Zamtel’s latest high speed internet services using the optic fibre network technology.

Being the official UNWTO communications partner, Zamtel is providing free internet access to delegates through virtual hotspots set up at all approved hotels and other strategic institutions such as the airport and conference secretariat.

“The free internet access offer is limited to the duration of the UNWTO general assembly. Beneficiary institutions include David Livingstone, Sun International, Courtyard, Falls way Lodge, Chrismar and Protea Hotels. Others are Harry Mwanga Nkumbula Airport and UNWTO Secretariat,” said Kennedy Mambwe, Zamtel corporate communications manager.

In February, Mambwe said Zamtel prioritized the upgrade of telecommunication infrastructure in Livingstone in order to provide reliable and high quality services during and after the UNWTO general assembly taking place this August.

He said the company focused on two major capital projects namely: Expansion of the 3G Mobile Network Coverage using Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G ready Mobile Baste Stations and installation of the Fiber to the home, office, cabinet and business.

Under the 2G/3G/LTE Mobile Network coverage and expansion project, he said Zamtel has deployed 22 new coverage and expansion sites in and around Livingstone, increasing capacity in the tourist capital by more than twofold.

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