The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) has announced that the country’s fibre optic network project is reaching completion, IT Web Africa reported. The fibre optic network will connect to high voltage power cables across Zambia.

Cyprian Chitundu, managing director of Zesco highlighted that the core objective of the network is to secure a reliable and efficient power supply from generation to the final power user.FiberOptics

With frequent blackouts due to various variables including low power generation, the project is expected to uplift the current economic state of the country.

According to Chitundu, the surplus network capacity will be sold to Information Communication Technology (ICT) corporates and the revenue re-invested into domestic power generation.

‘Once completed, the project will significantly reduce power blackouts the country is experiencing. At the same time many public and private institutions including banks and Zambia Revenue Authority are already buying excess capacity from Zesco’, Chitundu said.

The project is due to be completed by the end of 2015.


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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.