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Zambia has a population of 14.1 million people and geographically covers 753,000 square Kilometres (of which 9,000 sq. Km is covered by water). 61% of the population live in rural areas. As of 2013, approximately 55% of the population and 30% of the land area are covered by at least one of the 3 (Airtel, MTN and Zamtel) licensed mobile network operators, and by 2015 this is projected to increase to 70% population and 35% land area coverage. This means that by 2015 there will still be nearly 500,000 sq. Km of land area and more than 4 million citizens of Zambia outside the reach of essential telecommunications services. According to studies by The World Bank, 18.5% of the population can’t be served economically by mobile network service, but this figure is reduced significantly due to AMN’s innovative low-cost solution which allows very small populations to be viable at the same times as maximizing the coverage area of a single cell and the population served.

AMN is investing $23 million to build 200 mobile network base stations in Zambia. Each of these will be connected to one of the licensed operators. The AMN network will serve a total population of 1.2 million people (9% of the population), with an average of 6,000 people served by each base station and generating an estimated 550,000 new mobile subscribers worth circa $19 million per year in gross airtime revenues.