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>Subject: Mobile Communications joins cellular fray
>National Mirror - May 24-30, 1998
>Mobile Communications joins cellular fray
>By Wilclif Sakala
>ZAMBIA's growing telecommunications industry is set to grow more
>competitive with the entry of one more company into what appears to be an
>increasingly lucrative mobile phone market.
>Mobile communications Limited, the latest entrant, is a locally licensed
>dealer for two-way communication radios manufactured by Motorola, a US
>Managing Director, Mr Ian Landless, says the decision to deal in cell
>phones had been partly prompted by growing local demand for the service.
>He added, however, that Mobile Communications had identified shortcomings
>in the service provided by other cell phone companies, creating an
>opportunity for his to offer a better deal.
>He said: "Being Motorola, we thought we should take the opportunity to
>offer celephones together with a variety of accessories including
>hands-free units - a back-up service which nobody offers now."
>More than $10,000 has been invested by the company. Mr Landless said an
>initial consignment of ten Star-Tac 6000 series cellphones had been
>He added that the new service will, for trial purposes, be restricted to
>Lusaka, where the company expects to launch its analog mobile phones on
>"The first shipment is just meant to let the system get going. We are
>planning another order as soon as this consignment goes," Mr Landless said.
>At least two companies already provide cellular services in Zambia. These
>are Telecel and Zamtel, a state parastatal.
>Meanwhile, Telecel's satelite dish currently under construction is
>expected to reduce Zambia's dependence on Mwembeshi earth station.
>Telecel (Zambia), a Lusaka based cellphone service provider, has set in
>motion an ambitious expansion programme which includes the construction of
>the dish at the firm's head office on Longolongo Road.
>Mr Jerry Sakala, marketing manager, says the dish is scheduled to be
>commissioned next August. It is part of a $20 million expansion programme
>that Telecel experts to carry out in the next eight months.
>This will be Zambia's second satellite dish.
>"In he event that the Mwembeshi dish is down, Telecel will become the
>alternative," Mr Sakala said. This will also help Telecel provide a cheaper
>service to clients.
>Currently, Telecel pays Zamtel for using Mwembeshi earth station.
>Also included on the expansion programme is the extension of Telecel
>services to the Copperbelt where the company plans to open two offices next
>Telecel has been operating since July 1997.
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