By Jessica Mwansa
GOVERNMENT has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Liquid Telecommunications to connect internet to all parts of Zambia, including secondary schools, to ensure transformation of quality education is delivered in the country.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Minister of Technology and Science Felix Mutati says Liquid Telecoms will work on connecting fibre optic from Angola to Zambia which will help greatly in making Zambia realize her dream of becoming the tech-hub of Southern Africa.
“The importance of this MoU is that they will connect our schools across Zambia free of charge thereby transforming the way we deliver education and for that, we are certainly much more grateful,” Mr. Mutati said.
He says other components of the MoU is to establish fibre products in Zambia which will include connections to strengthen middle mole connectivity between towns in Zambia and additionally cross border links to establish Zambia as a regional hub.
“This will build a world class data centre which will house among many businesses, global software companies. As we now know that data is the new gold and whoever controls data automatically controls the world, the future of transactions will be data driven,” he stated.
He added that this will in turn connect Zambia to the East Coast, West Coast, South and North parts of the continent and in turn generate the much needed revenue for the country.
Intelligent Technologies deputy chairman Nic Rudnick said the investment in Zambia’s fibre optic networks is aimed at increasing links to all of Zambia’s neighbouring countries and also to connect the schools to the internet to promote online education to every school in Zambia.
Liquid Telecommunications jersey Limited is present in more than 20 countries mainly, Sub-Saharan Africa and has established itself as the leading provider of Pan-African digital infrastructure with an extensive fibre broadband covering 100,000km.