Airtel Zambia has confirmed the rollout of 138 new 4G sites in the country to improve network accessibility.
In a statement, Airtel Zambia said it will continue to invest in network expansion and distribution and plans to launch its own 5G.
Speaking on the expansion, Airtel Zambia Managing Director Manu Sood said the company had established more than 1,600 4G sites across the country.
Sood said the company’s extensive reach in rural areas is the result of it having won an additional 10MHz of spectrum through competitive bidding in 2022, which brings its total spectrum to 20MHz in the 800MHz frequency band.
Airtel Zambia has also purchased an additional spectrum from the telecommunications industry regulator, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA).
The regulator believes this investment will improve the operator’s Quality-of-Service through an enhanced voice user experience with faster call setup, cleaner voice quality and fewer dropped calls.
Sood said, “We are proud of furnishing the highest number of 4G sites in Zambia, and these additional 138 sites will further augment our 4G Konse (4G everywhere). This, along with our new spectrum in 800MHz, has provided customers with the best-in-class indoor experience and further reach in rural areas. As the year starts, we reaffirm our commitment to providing a superior network to the people that will enable further digitalisation and financial inclusion.”
This rollout reinforces Airtel Zambia’s position as the country’s second-largest operator after MTN Zambia, Sood added.