The Zambian government said on Wednesday that it has completed about 80 percent of work related to laying the optic fiber network aimed at boosting communication services in the country.

Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba said the laying of the optic fiber cable has covered many parts of the country and will go a long way in improving communication services such as the internet, among others.

The government, he said, was putting up communication infrastructure such as communication towers across the country with the aim of increasing communication access by about 94 percent.

The Zambian minister, who was speaking at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers’ Meeting on Communication and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Durban, South Africa, said the government attached great importance to the provision of easy access as it was a vehicle for achieving socioeconomic development, according to a statement released by the Zambia Embassy in South Africa.

The government has since put up an optimal policy and regulatory framework that will ensure that citizens have affordable access to communication services, he added.

He went on to state that the government has embarked on a program of establishing ICT Centers of Excellency across the country to help build capacity and bridge the gap between rural and urban areas. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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