Zambia connectivity fees remain highest in Africa
Unlike other countries in Africa including Kenya , where the cost of Internet connectivity is falling sharply, Zambia 's connection fees have remained high and are impacting the country's economy, despite competition among ISPs and efforts to promote local content
products manager for sub-Saharan Africa , Divon
Lan, recently told local media that the country has the highest Internet
connectivity costs in the world, and that they are embedded in the high cost of
bandwidth for end users. Recent studies have also shown that Zambian Internet
connectivity can cost as high as US$6,000 per megabyte -- double the cost in
other African countries.
planning to introduce Zambian languages, including Bemba and Nyanja, on the
Internet, claiming the Web is a force for societal change as it provides access
to information without barriers. Lan, who is based in
Israel , said Google wants to promote ICT in
the high cost of Internet connectivity, Lan said access has been restricted to
the capital, Lusaka ,
and other urban areas. Other than mobile commerce services being provided
cheaply by mobile service providers, very few Zambians are able to do online
transactions because of the high cost of access.
year, Google released map information for Zambia
for the first time on Google.com and is now trying to find ways of making the
search engine more relevant to local consumers by integrating
Zambia 's local
Makuni, the past president of the Computer Society of Zambia, said that despite
having 14 ISPs competing for business, the connectivity costs have not declined
significantly. This is mainly because
Zambia has been relying on
satellite for Internet connectivity, Makuni said. Secondly, the cost of
bandwidth from the undersea cables running under the
is still very high.
I think very soon we will see a reduction in Internet connectivity because
Zamnet, Zesco and Zamtel have now connected to the international undersea
cables," Makuni said in an interview.
also has an agreement with the East Africa Submarine Cable System to get
cheaper bandwidth from the cable once it becomes operational in June this year.
Source: Info World