the parliamentary committee on transport, communications and works and supply has advised telecommunication companies especially mobile service providers to take all their grievances to the committee to find a way forward on how parliament can help improve the sector in the country.
speaking today when they toured airtel premises in lusaka, committee chairperson kapembwa simbao also advised the mobile service providers in the country to extend their businesses further especially to far flung areas.
mr simbao said the country has a lot of profitable rural areas which can benefit the economy of the country and the companies themselves.
he stressed the telecommunications companies should also extend their corporate social responsibility in a bid to benefit the people whom they offer their services to and help improve the economy of the country.speaking earlier, airtel managing director fayaz king explained to the committee that the mobile operators are faced with the greatest challenge of energy costs.
mr king said most mobile phone service providers depend on energy for their operations especially in rural areas adding that accessibility of some of the remote areas is another challenge they are facing as they try to expand their businesses.
he disclosed that airtel which currently has 953 sites on air targets by the end of the year to construct about 1070 sites and additionally the company has partnered with zicta in the universal access project which will see airtel build over 350 sharable towers in rural areas across the country.