SMART Zambia – Ndola ICT Centre Of Excellency
The Smart Zambia Project Phase 1 is focused on the establishment of an ICT Talent Training Centre in Ndola.
The project site is located at the Zambia Information & Communications Technology College (ZICTC).
The objective of the project is to provide quality ICT talent training delivered in a modern and well-equipped ICT laboratory environment.
The Project also delivers a Learning Management System for certification and non-certifications courses. to both public and private institutions as well as individuals with the view of broadening the knowledge base of ICT in the country
Computers for Ministry of Education
The Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) is offering technical and financial assistance to the Ministry of Education (MoE) in the acquisition of computing devices to assist in the administration of ICT based courses and examinations across the country.
The Project has targeted to start with one hundred and ninety (190) centres across the country.
“PROMOTING ACCESS TO ICTS FOR ALL”
Computer Plant Assembly
The Computer Assembly Plant Project envisages to design, construct, install, commission and operate a computer assembly factory plant through the PPP model. Once operational,
the factory will produce a minimum of 250,000 (laptops, desk top computers and tablets) annually mainly for education sector with the capability of integrating local content.
It is expected that by 2020, the factory shall be able to fully serve the 4 million education market. The factory shall also have capability to produce medium to high end computers for the retail and other government ministries.
The factory must also be able to venture into software development as part of employment creation strategy and localizing services to the local environment.
Standards Laboratory and Computer Plant at the LMFEZ
The Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has acquired land for the construction of a type approval laboratory and the computer assembly plant at the Lusaka Multi-Facility Economic Zone (LMFEZ).
The Type Approval Laboratory will aid in testing of electronic devices to ascertain quality.
The laboratory shall also serve as a regional type approval facility.
The delivery of services to individual households that are now accessible through the new addresses. Service delivery to the doorstep is now possible and commercial and public services can take advantage of this;
- – E-commerce
- – Social services
- – Socio-economic inclusion
A person who has an address suddenly becomes linked to the formal economy in a way that wasn’t previously possible;
- – Opening a bank account,
- – Getting things on Hire Purchase
- – And several other benefits of being linked to the economy through an address can be highlighted here.
The Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2009
Statutory Instrument no. 35, 2010 ICT Licensing Regulations, 2010
S.I No. 106 of 2009
The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) is an ICT Regulatory body responsible for regulating the ICT Sector in Zambia. It falls under the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications and derives its mandate from the three Acts, the Postal Services Act No. 22 of 2009, Electronic Communications and Transactions Act No. 21 and the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Act No. 15 of 2009 to regulate ICTs, postal and courier services in Zambia. As conferred in the ICT Act, ZICTA also referred to as “The Authority”.
The Authority is overseen by a Board of the Authority consisting of nine none executive members and all decisions of the Board are executed by the Director General and is supported by an executive team with expertise in law and enforcement, economics, technical and engineering, information technology and finance.
ZICTA is mandated to:
- 1. Regulate the provision of electronic communication services and products in Zambia
- 2. Monitor the performance of the sector including levels of investment and availability, quality, costs and standards of electronic communication services
- 3. Administer the Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) as well as electronic addresses
- 4. Disseminate information and promote the participation by the public in the provision of electronic communication services
- 5. Provide for a national frequency and numbering plan
- 6. Set standards for the ICT sector
- 7. Promote competition in the sector and also regulate tariffs charged by operators offering electronic communication services
- 8. Protect the rights and interests of consumers, service providers, suppliers and manufactures.
In addition to the ICT ACT, the Authority was in 2009, assigned to manage and administer two (2) other pieces of legislation: Postal Services Act No. 22 of 2009 and Electronic and Communications Transactions (ECT) Act No. 21 of 2009 The Postal Services Act expanded the Authority’s mandate to cater for the regulation of Postal and Courier services.
The Electronic and Communications Transactions Act on the other hand provides for: The development of a safe, secure and effective environment for the consumer, business sector and the government to conduct and use electronic communication; Promotion of legal certainty and confidence, as well as encouraging of investment and innovation, in the electronic communications industry, and Facilitation of the creation of secure communication system and networks
As a regulator of ICTs, the Authority’s overall mandate is the maintenance of a delicate balance of the interests of all stakeholders in the sector.
The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority has the following strategic goals:
- 1. Promote competition
- 2. Catalyzing universal access
- 3. Consumer protection
- 4. Ensuring efficient management of scarce resources
- 5. Enhancing our capacity to deliver.
Organizations Regulated By ZICTA
The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority Regulates the following Organizations:
- Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
- Postal & Courier Service Providers
- Mobile Network Operators
- Electronic & Communications Equipment Dealers
In light of the May 12, 2017 cyber-attack which affected numerous computers in over 100 countries demanding ransom payments in bitcoin currency, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) would like to inform the nation that the Authority is aware of the attacks and continues to closely monitor the sector working with other government agencies to ensure maximum national security.
The Postal Services Act No. 22 of 2009 mandates the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (the Authority) to regulate the provision of Postal and Courier Services in Zambia.Following the issuance of the Postal Services (General) Regulations, Statutory Instrument No. 31 of 2016 by the Minister of Transport and Communications in 2016, the Authority hosted an explanatory workshop on the implementation of the Regulations on 11 th November 2016. The workshop was sequentially followed by one� on-one meetings between the Authority and some of the existing Postal/Courier Operators.
The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) hereby invites interested Zambian youths aged between 18-35 years to submit applications for enrollment into a collaborative ICT innovation programme. The programme is open to youths that have ICT-related innovations relating to any sector of the economy. The applications will be evaluated by an independent technical evaluation committee to facilitate entry into the innovation programme. A maximum of twenty (20) candidates or teams will be shortlisted to participate in the innovation programme. The innovation programme will be for a duration of to six months.
In order to address the current growth of the FM Sound broadcasting ICT sub-sector and to support and sustain its future growth, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) commenced the National FM Sound Broadcasting Radio Frequency Spectrum Re-planning. This is in accordance with the ICT Act of 2009.
Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) says Zambia�s Postal Sector has great potential to steer economic development both at national and international levels.
The communication sector in Zambia has grown since the liberalization of the economy in the early 1990s. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) were introduced during the second half of the 1990s and by 2003 there were three entities competing in the mobile sector