Zamtel has revealed that it has so far switched on a total of 63 new communication towers in Southern Province in a bid to improve connectivity in the Province.
The construction of the 63 towers is part of the GRZ Communication Tower Project Phase II which targets to erect 1009 new towers by end of 2021.
The 63 towers constructed in Southern Province is in addition to 146 sites which Zamtel had before the project commenced, bringing the total number of sites to 209 across the Province.
This was revealed on Monday when Zamtel commissioned a new communication tower at Nakeempa School in Choma.
Officiating at the event, Transpirt and Communications Minister Mutotye Kafwaya commended Zamtel for taking communication services to the rural areas.
Mr Kafwaya said extending communication service to rural areas is a vital part of President Edgar Lungu’s developmental agenda.
And Zamtel Chief Executive Officer Sydney Mupeta said significant progress had been made in the construction of communication towers despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Mupeta said it was clear that the roll out of communication towers is transformed the lives of people in different parts of the country especially in rural areas.
“Zamtel has launched towers in different parts of the country and we have witnessed how they have transformed the way people conduct business in these areas,” Mr Mupeta said.
“The coming of this site will bring a number of benefits to the people of Nakeempa as they will be able to communicate with their friends and family in different parts of the country, “ Mr Mupeta said.
And Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale appealed for more towers considering that some areas in the Province still did not have connectivity.