Hard on the heels of last week’s long-distance licence award in Nigeria, Pan-African digital connectivity solutions company Bayobab Group has announced that it has been awarded an international network licence in Zambia, authorising the transit of capacity across borders.
This milestone achievement, as Bayobab describes it, marks a significant breakthrough for the company’s subsidiary in Zambia, strengthening its position in transforming Zambia into the digital hub of Southern Africa.
In fact Bayobab suggests that the connectivity landscape in Zambia has been undergoing significant transformation, playing a crucial role in shaping how its people access information, conduct business and engage in various aspects of modern life. With a population exceeding 19 million, it says, Zambia has witnessed a notable surge in digital adoption.
Efforts to enhance connectivity infrastructure in Zambia have been ongoing, says Bayobab. Initiatives to expand and improve internet infrastructure, including the deployment of fibre-optic networks, have contributed to improved internet speeds and greater reliability. This has benefited urban areas and laid the groundwork for more equitable access to digital services in rural regions.
Explaining his company’s role, Frédéric Schepens, CEO of the Bayobab Group, says: “With access to over 4,000 kilometres of proprietary fibre in the country, the award of the international network licence granted by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) will allow the transportation of digital capacity across borders, enabling businesses, individuals, and communities, to thrive in the digital era. Bayobab Zambia is positioned to deliver the benefits of a modern connected life.”
Last week we heard that Bayobab Group had been granted a national long-distance operator licence by the regulatory authorities in Nigeria. Bayobab’s subsidiary in Nigeria is now empowered to facilitate long-distance traffic.