Zambian telecom operator, Zamtel, has unveiled a new management team consisting of seven senior executives.
The appointments follow a tumultuous few months for the telco, which fell under state control earlier in the year when the Zambian government seized a 75% stake in the firm from Libyan investment vehicle, LAP Green Networks.
The new appointments are: Evans Muhanga as chief marketing officer; Albert Salima as chief information services officer; Sydney Mupeta as chief technical officer; Nchimunya Hachandi as chief financial officer; Mooka Silumbu as chief human resources officer; Lho-zindaaba Sakala as chief sales and distribution officer; and Leya Ngoma as chief legal and regulatory officer.
Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe, CEO, Zamtel, said that the new team was composed of “seasoned professionals” who have worked in various capacities in the local and international telecoms business.
In other developments, Dr. Mwanakatwe said that Zamtel completed its optic fibre connectivity, via Namibia Telecoms, to the WACS and SAT3 submarine cables, allowing it to deliver 600Mbps of data capacity to its customers. Zamtel’s fibre network runs from Solwezi, Ndola, Lusaka, Livingstone and Sesheke, into Namibia and will eventually reach the western seaboard international undersea cables.
Zamtel is also looking to increase its international connectivity by signing more deals with neighbouring countries, according to the CEO. “We are in discussion with other neighbouring countries for additional connectivity in line with our strategy of multiple entry points,” he said.
“Zamtel is also planning to increase capacity on its fixed internet broadband on ADSL in order to cater for everyone who has a landline at home as a short to medium term solution, the long term solution being fibre-to-the-home.”
On the GSM side of business, Zamtel plans to add 45 new 3G cell sites, giving it a total of 200 sites by September this year. 2G Sites are planned to be increased from to 688 from 487 in the next 12 months, the CEO added.