The new mobile operator, Uzi Zambia, has been working on set up in the country but now their launch date has been extended even further to the end of 2019.
Uzi was introduced to us in March last year, when ZICTA officially announced that they have given a notification to award a 4th mobile network operator licence, based on reviews carried out over the past 2 years. The licence is a Network Licence under the International Market Segment and a Service Licence under the National Market Segment. The two licences were up for competition after a call for proposals ended in 2017. Only two proposals were received and UZI has been awarded the licences.
According to ZICTA’s statement their biggest shareholder of Uzi Zambia Limited is Unitel International Holdings BV who have operations in Angola, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and Cape Verde. Unitel International Holdings B.V. was formerly known as Jadeium BV. The company is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and was founded in 2015.
Unitel International Holdings B.V. was formerly known as Jadeium BV and is operated by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos.