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Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications.

The company began in 1975 as the Zambian Post and Telecommunication Corporation (PTC) which was formed from the General Post Office (GPO).

In July 1994 the government of Zambia passed a Telecommunications Act that led to the splitting up of the Post and Telecommunications Corporation into two separate companies: the Zambia Postal Services Corporation (Zampost), and the Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel).

In 2010, the Zambian government, under the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) President, Rupiah Banda, sold 75% of the Zamtel to the Libyan company, LAP Green Networks. The government claimed it had done so in order to keep Zamtel from shutting down after plans to recapitalize it had failed. This was a contentious move however, as some critics claimed the company was still economically viable. The 2011 Zambian national election saw the incumbent MMD party replaced by the opposition Patriotic Front (PF). The newly elected government, under President Michael Sata, set out an inquiry into the sale of Zamtel because they believed it was sold fraudulently by the previous government. The inquiry produced a report that showed irregularities in the manner in which Zamtel was sold.

As a result of the findings, President Michael Sata ordered a reversal of the $257m deal and the government of Zambia seized control of Zamtel. In 2013, LAP Green sued the government of Zambia in a British court in order to reclaim ownership of Zamtel. The Zambian government agreed that it would compensate LAP Green for its investments, but it would not let ownership of the company be transferred back to the Libyan operator.

Other Details

Type of Organisation / Business:
Government Institution
No of Employees:
About 750
Key People:
CEO - Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe
Other info:
Phone - +260 211 333153
Fax - +260 211 256622

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