4G mobile communications technology (LTE) will be demonstrated for the first time in Zambia by Ericssson and Zamtel during the 20th General Assembly of the United National Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to be held in Livingstone. The trial underpins the shared vision of Zamtel and Ericsson to constantly innovate and push the technological envelope in delivering advanced mobile communications services in Zambia.
Ericsson and Zamtel target approximately 1,200 UNWTO delegates from over 150 United Nations member states to showcase the very latest 4G mobile communications technology and demonstrate, in a live network environment, that it can operate smoothly on the robust Zamtel mobile network infrastructure. Zamtel’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe said that the delegates will have the “opportunity to experience the phenomenal speeds offered by 4G technology – which can deliver in excess of 50Mbps which represents a quantum leap in performance when compared to 3G technology which has typical speeds of 2-3Mbps.”
Hans Piet, Head of Practice, Mobile Broadband, Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, said: “This pilot gives us an invaluable opportunity to showcase the enormous benefits of LTE (4G) to the delegates and reaffirm our technology leadership. Mobile Broadband is a game changer that will transform the ICT landscape in Zambia, open up whole new possibilities in the field of m-commerce and will shape how education and health is provisioned. Ericsson is ready to explore Zambian partnerships that can transform the ICT landscape in this country.”