Beeline Telecoms Limited becomes the fourth mobile operator in Zambia. Beeline Telecoms Limited, a wholly Zambian owned company will, following issuance of the license and associated conditions, will be required to begin operations within six months failure to which, unless determined otherwise by the Authority, the license will be revoked.
The decision by the Authority to introduce a fourth mobile operator was decided after conducting an analysis of the ICT Sector Market from the perspective of, among others, the quality of services being provided by the incumbent licensees as well as the need, or otherwise, to raise the levels of competition.
The Director General of Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), Patrick Mutimushi, stated, “This was in line with its regulatory mandate under the ICT ACT No. 15 of 2009, which includes the promotion of competition in the ICT sector. In September, 2020, the Authority invited, through the Request for Proposals, applications for a Network License under the International Market Segment and a Service License under the National Market Segment with associated resources.”
Mutimushi further said, “Following a thorough evaluation process and Beeline, having met the minimum criteria, the Authority resolved to award the licenses in question to Beeline Telecoms Limited. On September 4, 2018, ZICTA, under the guidance of the parent ministry – Ministry of Transport and Communications, issued a Network License under the International Market Segment and a Service License under the National Market Segment with associated resources to UZI Zambia. Unfortunately, UZI Zambia failed to commence operations by March 3, 2019, the final deadline issued by the Authority. This was notwithstanding two (2) earlier deadline extensions – the first being November 30, 2019 and the second May 30, 2020. The above scenario left the Authority with no choice but to cancel the licenses issued to UZ! Zambia.”