Swedish telecom giant Ericsson and its Zambian counterpart Zamtel have reached a deal to demonstrate their capability to deliver high-tech Fourth Generation (4G) mobile communications technology at the ongoing 20th edition of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Livingstone, the capital of the Southern Province of Zambia.
The demonstration, which will be the first-ever in of its nature in Zambia, was confirmed by Zamtel corporate communications manager Kennedy Mambwe.
The UNWTO conference, running from 23 to 29 August, has attracted delegations from over 150 UN member countries.
Ericsson and Zamtel will demonstrate live 4G mobile communications capability using a mobile communications network which will strengthen the shared version of the two companies to keep the mobile companies up-to-date with the latest innovations technology to ensure the delivery of high-tech mobile communications services in Zambia.
Zamtel, as a sponsor of the technology, has agreed with Ericsson to carry out a trial showcasing the advantages of 4G technology, which is currently not available in the southern African country.
The delegations attending the UNWTO conference will be able to experience internet speed of up to 50Mbps, which is considerably greater than the typical 2-3 Mbps speeds of 3G technology.
Zamtel CEO Mupanga Mwanakatwe expressed excitement over the development and promised that the company will continue to bring innovation to mobile infrastructure in the country progressively.
Hans Piet, the Head of Mobile Broadband for Ericsson in Sub-Saharan Africa, also expressed excitement over the proposed demonstration, saying it has given them the opportunity to showcase the vast benefits of the latest generation of mobile communications technology to Zambians and the international delegates.
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