The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has decentralized its issuance of service and network license to Provincial and District levels across the country.
ZICTA Manager Markets and Competition, Collins Chomba explained that this is aimed at encouraging more players in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
Mr. Chomba told ZANIS in an interview yesterday that ZICTA embarked on the implementation of new licensing system in order to help mitigate the challenges that people faced in acquiring various operation licenses from the authority.
He explained that the old system had converged licensing framework which technologically required people to specify the type of license such as mobile voice, fixed internet, service provision wireless and internet provision among others.
He stated that, with the new system, one will be required to choose from the two categories either the service or a network license.
Mr. Chomba added that, for people applying for the network license the client will need to roll out their own supporting infrastructure and a network through which a service will be provided.
He pointed out that the licenses will also be given according to the capacity and categories presented at different levels such as district, regional, national and international.
The ZICTA Markets and Competition Manager also noted that at national and international level, only Airtel, MTN, Zamtel and the new UZI mobile Zambia are licensed to the services.
Mr. Chomba further called on Zambians to take advantage of the decentralized system of licensing and invest to contribute to the development of the ICT industry in the country.
And a youth, Reagan Tembo has advised fellow youths in the country to be creative and utilize their own innovations.
Mr. Tembo who cautioned youths not only to depend on government for employment has invented a network device that allows people to make free video and voice calls without airtime.
He further stressed that time has come for youths to think outside the box and embrace their skills to create jobs.