The Zambian cabinet has approved a new licensing framework for the telecommunication industry, a senior official said Friday.

Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba said the new framework was aimed at re-aligning and promoting competition in the sector.

He told reporters that the new licensing framework would also encourage for more investment in the sector.

“The new regime now allows any operator to apply for a license of data. This will also allow for more competition in the sector, improve quality of service and lower costs of services in the sector,” he said.

The government, he said, has cleaned up the licensing framework to unleash the potential of the industry in order to take advantage of the latest technological advancements.

The old licensing system had a restrictive framework that did not allow the entry of more mobile phone service providers. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh