MTN Zambia signs a partnership with ZTE

Shenzhen, China, 07 Oct 2020

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile Internet, has signed a partnership with MTN Zambia, a leading telecommunications operator in the Middle East and Africa, to construct a cross-border Optical Transmission Network backbone in Zambia.

ZTE will employ world-leading technologies to build the Optical Transmission Network backbone to connect Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia and the border of Namibia. By providing the backbone network with a large bandwidth, ZTE aims to break the bottleneck of the international egress traffic.

In addition, this backbone network will effectively reduce the cost per megabyte of accessing Internet data, thereby greatly improving user experiences and increasing economic benefits.

As a reliable partner of MTN Zambia, ZTE will provide MTN Zambia with an industry-leading customised Optical Transmission Network solution, using ZTE’s ZXONE 9700 G2K system based on its in-house chipsets. Also, this system can provide beyond 100G large bandwidth and Optical Time Domain Reflectometre features.

And MTN Zambia Chief Executive Officer, Bart Hofker, said: “In our pursuit to create a digital global hub in Zambia, we are happy to announce the construction of fibre connectivity from Lusaka through Sesheke to Mongu, which will make Zambia a major transit point to international destinations.” He added: “This partnership will help us provide stability on our network and cheaper Internet for our customers to connect with family, friends and colleagues.”

ZTE will also offer a full range of equipment with large bandwidth (up to 1T/slots), low power consumption and small size, to fully satisfy MTN Zambia’s requirements for high availability, high reliability and high integration for the next-generation bearer network. In addition, this backbone network also features high scalability for future evolution.

"We are honoured to be chosen by MTN Zambia to deploy the network,” said Dong Renjie, CEO of ZTE Zambia. “We will be committed to working with MTN Zambia to promote the upgrade of its networks and build the most advanced and leading digital communication network in Zambia.”

ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, operators, companies and public sector customers. The company has been committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and IT  sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE sells its products and services in more than 160 countries.

MTN Zambia

MTN Zambia is part of the MTN Group a multi-national telecommunications company with a footprint in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East.It started its operations in Zambia in 2005 after acquiring the then Telecel.It initially started as an exclusive GSM network providing voice and Short Message System (SMS) services. The portfolio has grown to include voice (local and international), data, fixed and wireless internet, money transfer and other value-added services.

The company is Zambia’s market leader with the largest market share providing communications solutions across all the 10 provinces of Zambia. MTN Zambia’s footprint is covered by 4G, 3G, Edge and 2G networks.

MTN Zambia is the country’s fastest growing and most innovative network and is highly acclaimed for its quality network and dynamic tariff billing system.

The company puts its customers at the forefront and uses its position on the market to uplift people’s lives and communities through a robust Corporate Social Investment programme in Education, Health (United Against Malaria), and preservation of the country’s cultural heritage through sponsorship of traditional ceremonies.

MTN Zambia supports Zambia’s number one passion; soccer and is a proud sponsor of the national soccer team. The relationship with the local football association, FAZ started in 2010 and has seen the national team crowned 2012 African Champions at the continental showpiece – the Africa Cup of Nations.MTN Zambia is also proud sponsor of the premier league also known as the MTN/FAZ Premier League which has grown to become a competitive league watched by millions of Africans across the continent.

At MTN Zambia we have continued to grow from being a generic telecommunications company known for basic telephony to a lifestyle-enabling, one-stop shop for solutions that support consumers through every moment and every stage of their life.

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