Airtel Networks Zambia acquires extra spectrum

07 November 2022

Airtel Africa’s Zambia subsidiary, Airtel Networks Zambia plc, has purchased 60MHz of additional spectrum spread across the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands from the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), for a gross consideration of $29 million.

Airtel is Zambia’s largest MNO with almost 44% of the market share and 8.6 million mobile users.

This additional spectrum will support its network expansion for both mobile data and fixed wireless home broadband capability, including 5G rollout, providing significant capacity to accommodate its continued strong data growth in the country.

ZICTA plans to release more spectrum in the 700MHz band by the end of the third quarter of 2022, as part of its recently updated spectrum roadmap for Zambia.