Allow a fourth mobile phone operator!
I use two mini routers to access Internet at my office. One from Airtel and one from MTN. Yet, my Internet remains unpredictable. Some days, I can be switching endlessly between the two in the hope of getting a connection stable enough to load an Internet page. This is not a new problem, yet little seems to improve. I am therefore quite excited about Vodafone’s entry into Zambia, hoping that it will give the existing three operators (MTN, Airtel and Zamtel) a good kick up their backsides. However, government should have been bold enough to allow Vodafone to provide, not only data services, but also voice services, instead of continuing to protect its own company, Zamtel, which has been running at a loss ever since its privatisation was reversed in 2012. If ICT really is a tool to push socio-economic development in Zambia, as declared by government, then it must (literally) put its money where its mouth is.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly