ZTE Wins Zambian Contract

Zambia introduces advanced new services with ZTE intelligent network platform

January 4, 2005

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SHENZHEN, China -- The successful launch of a ZTE intelligent network for national telecommunications operator Zamtel has enabled a host of new services to be offered to its customers, including prepaid fixed line, VPN and freephone services. This platform has been designed, supplied and constructed by ZTE Corporation.

Speaking at the launch of the service in Lusaka, acting communications minister Ludwig Sondashi said that the new service would enable Zamtel (Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd) to collect its revenues in advance and at the same time enable customers to take control of their own expenditure. Mr. Sondashi added that the branded Tel-Z prepaid landline was a milestone in the provision of affordable services tailored to the business community and individual customers.

The acting minister thanked ZTE Corporation for its efficient work during the past four years in Zambia and its devotion to the development of the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, which has helped national progress and brought social benefits.

Zamtel acting managing director Woods Simbeye said that the company procured the equipment for the prepaid line service through its own resources. Customers on the prepaid land phone service will be given a choice of either loading credit in advance or punching in the card number each time a call is to be made. The service will eventually be extended to Southern and Copperbelt provinces – areas with digital exchanges.

In Zambia, ZTE Corporation has successfully supplied and constructed a nationwide GSM mobile communication system, a digital switching system, SDH transmission and an intelligent network platform for the telecom operators.

ZTE’s market share in Africa is expanding rapidly. ZTE’s products have already been deployed in more than 14 countries like Egypt, Nigeria, Tunisia, Kenya, Zambia, Algeria, and Ethiopia. In 2003, ZTE built Africa’s largest CDMA WLL in Algeria. In Sept of 2004, the first WCDMA network was launched in Tunis by ZTE, and it will be put into commercial operation next year. In the same month, ZTE won the biggest CDMA WLL order from STC, Saudi Arabia’s largest telecom operator.

ZTE Corp.

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