Zamtel unveils new mgt

ZAMTEL yesterday unveiled its new management team that is expected to help realise the company’s corporate goals and announced the completion of its optic fibre connectivity to two submarine cables.

Zamtel chief executive officer Mupanga Mwanakatwe said the new seven-member executive committee was composed of seasoned professionals who have worked in big companies in various capacities.

“The team has a wealth of experience, drive, motivation and innovation that will set Zamtel on a progressive path to realise corporate goals and objectives,” he said.

Dr Mwanakatwe named the entrants as Evans Muhanga who is the chief marketing officer, Albert Salima who is chief information services officer and Sydney Mupeta who is chief technical officer.

Others are Nchimunya Hachandi (chief financial officer), Mooka Silumbu (chief human resources and administration officer), Lho-zindaaba Sakala (chief sales and distribution officer) and Leya Ngoma (chief legal and regulatory officer).

On the expansion programme, Dr Mwanakatwe said Zamtel had completed its optic fibre connectivity to two submarine-Wacs and Sat3 through the Namibia Telecoms.

He said as the result of that, Zamtel was now able to deliver 600MBPS of internet capacity to the Zambian customers, making access to fast internet broadband even more affordable for all.

The Zamtel fibre runs from Solwezi, Ndola, Lusaka, Livingstone and Sesheke into Namibia and eventually to the Western seaboard international undersea cables.

“We are in discussion with other neighbouring countries for additional connectivity in line with our strategy of multiple entry points. We are planning to introduce additional value-added services in the near future,” he said.

Dr Mwanakatwe said Zamtel was also planning to increase capacity on its fixed internet broadband on ADSL to cater for everyone who has a landline at home as a short to medium-term solution.

He said the company plans to replace the copper network under fixed lines by growing its fibre metro network, a development he said would provide cost-effective end solutions to corporate clients such as branch inter-connectivity.

On the GSM side of business, Dr Mwanakatwe said Zamtel has continued with its rollout of 3G and 2G network coverage and that his company plans to increase the number of sites for the 3G from 155 to 200 by September this year.

He added that Zamtel had increased its roaming access on 130 networks in 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America and that Zamtel would soon launch data roaming which enable the clients send and receive e-mails seamlessly while abroad.

And speaking at the same media briefing, Mr Muhanga announced the launch of a new promotion dubbed “Real Mahala”, where Zamtel clients who subscribe to 6 to 6 Amplified promotion would be able to make free calls from 20:00 to 06:00 hours. / times of zambia


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