Zambia’s Zamtel introduces TV streaming services

Zambia’s top telecom has introduced Zamtel Mobile TV following a partnership with two local television networks to allow its subscribers to access the new service.

Zamtel subscribers will now be able to live-stream Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and Muvi Television programmes via Android-powered and 3G-supportive mobile handsets.

Zamtel Mobile TV allows customers access to TV contents irrespective of time or distance.

Zamtel’s chief marketing officer Evans Muhanga explained that Zamtel subscribers looking to watch TV contents through their mobile sets would have to acquire an Android mobile handset that supports 3G and an Internet browser.

Alternatively, a user can have a video player that can sustain real time streaming protocol (RTSP).

Muhanga advised Zamtel’s customers to activate their handsets for 3G and mobile TV streamlining by sending text message with keyword ZT to 1231.

He added that another text message with Google Android market Internet would be linked and sent to the customer to download Zamtel Mobile TV application on their phone handset.

The service will be available to prepaid and postpaid Zamtel customers at U$0.05 per minute.

Zamtel was formed in 1994 after the Zambian government passed a Telecommunications Act which resulted in the splitting of the Post and Telecommunications Corporation into the Zambia Postal Services Corporation and the Zambia Telecommunications Company, or Zamtel.

The company is now the leadingtelecom company in Zambia. It also providesInternet service via Zamtel online and digital subscriber lines (DSL) andwireless access.

Apart from Zamtel, others telcos operating in Zambia include Airtel and MTN. The operators provide voice, data, Mobile money transfer and mobile banking services.

According to the 2012 telecommunications regulatory body report,Zambian Mobile Phoneuse has increased tremendously. Some34 percent of Zambia’s 13 million people use mobile phones.

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