28/02/2024
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Navigating Zambia’s Digital Frontier: The Pros and Cons of Technological Advancements

With the recent announcement of the successful rollout of 5G internet, Zambia became one of thirteen African countries leading the way in the adoption of this cutting-edge technology, according to Hon. Felix Mutati, Minister of Technology and Science who shared this in a post. 

In a clear sign of its dedication to staying relevant in the global technology arena, Zambia has solidified its place as one of the ten African nations with Starlink internet deployment.

Hon. Mutati shared that “The government is taking up proactive steps to eliminate 2G internet because its desire going forward is to have all communication towers enabled with 4G internet.” This is a bold approach with a lot of potential, but there are also benefits and drawbacks to consider, especially considering Zambia’s third-world status.

Pros:

  • Technological Leap: Zambia is positioned as a regional technological powerhouse, potentially drawing in foreign investment and promoting an innovative culture, thanks to its adoption of 5G and advanced internet technologies. There may be a domino effect on the business, healthcare, and education sectors, among others.
  • Enhanced Connectivity: As we move toward 4G and beyond, internet connectivity will be quicker and more dependable, opening the door to better service delivery, enhanced communication, and higher productivity across a range of industries. In particular, the expansion of digital services and businesses depends heavily on this improved connectivity.
  • Inclusive Access: The government’s pledge to make all communication towers internet-capable highlights its commitment to closing the digital gap. This proactive move could enable high-speed internet access in even the most remote locations, promoting a more inclusive and connected society. Ensuring that the advantages of technology breakthroughs are dispersed fairly among the populace requires this inclusion.

Cons:

  • Infrastructure Challenges: When implementing advanced technologies, there can be challenges associated with existing infrastructure, especially in rural and underserved areas. Addressing these challenges is important to ensure that the benefits of technological advances extend beyond urban centers.
  • Widening Digital Divide: While efforts are being made to close the digital divide, the gap between urban and rural areas risks widening if infrastructure challenges are not adequately addressed. This potential inequality in access to technology and its benefits can exacerbate existing inequalities.
  • Resource Allocation: Eliminating 2G and allocating resources to deploy advanced technologies could divert attention and funding from other important sectors. To prevent unintended consequences, it is important to balance technological advances with addressing other pressing societal needs.

Zambia’s technological advances hold great promise for social progress and economic growth.
However, tackling the digital frontier requires a nuanced approach that addresses the unique challenges faced by third-world countries.

As Zambia moves further into the field of advanced technology, a balanced strategy that considers infrastructure development, inclusiveness, and resource allocation is critical to maximizing the positive impact of these technological advances on the country’s development.

Sandi

Tech Blogger & Marketer.

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