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By Michael Malakata , IDG News Service

The Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) and the Zambia Postal Service have partnered to install a WAN (wide area network), which will link all post offices throughout Zambia to enhance operational efficiency.

Once complete, the project is expected to bring improved Internet connectivity, wider Internet access, automation of counter operations and better financial monitoring and control to the Postal Service.

New! Watch this Network World Webcast – Minimizing the Risk of Information Security Breaches: Best Practices for SOA Governance and Compliance – Live October 21The project will ease service delivery and minimize long queues for customers, explained Communications and Transport Minister Dora Siliya.

Implementation has already begun, and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, she added.

The Ministry of Communication and Transport is mandated to ensure that information and communication technology-related services were available to all people, including those in rural areas by the year 2030,” Siliya said.

Post offices have been identified by the Zambian government as key institutions that will play a major role in achieving the country’s vision of improving telecommunication infrastructure and services in both urban and rural areas.

The IDG News Service is a Network World affiliate.