Government has awarded Vodacom telecommunication a licence to operate in Zambia as a fourth mobile service provider.
the license was given to Vodacom late last month after government announced that it was considering reversing the decision of not bringing a fourth mobile provider on board.
Vodacom is a pan-African mobile telecommunications company, and was the number-one cellular network in South Africa.
It provides GSM service to more than 35 million customers in South Africa, Tanzania, Lesotho, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Chief government spokesperson Kennedy sakeni who could neither confirm nor deny the development says government wants to bring competition in the telecommunications industry so that customers can benefits from good service provision by the players.
Mr. Sakeni who is information and broadcasting service minister says government will welcome any company that wishes to come and invest in the country’s telecommunication sector.
He says currently Zambians are not impressed with the services being providers by the players in the industry and bringing a fourth mobile service provider will enhance competition.