A new Wi-Fi service has been unveiled in Livingstone by Minister of Tourism, Rodney Sikumba, and Mayor Constance Muleabai. The Internet penetration rate in Zambia is around 21 percent, meaning almost 80 percent of the population doesn’t have access to Internet services. This new service will provide Wi-Fi access in some schools, restaurants, hospitals, municipal buildings, bus stops, local government offices, shops and malls, reaching a broad section of users.

It has been set up by the Zambian branch of Liquid Intelligent Technologies, which is headed by Liquid Zambia CEO Mark Townsend. According to the company, the rollout will provide, ‘easy and convenient Internet accessibility without the need for a data plan, the productivity that comes from being able to work remotely from any location, and access to online information and entertainment. Tourists have the ability to stay connected, and local businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups benefit from the resulting ecommerce opportunities.

Most more upscale hotels and lodges in Livingstone have free Wi-Fi for their guests already but having a public Wi-Fi service will help visitors and residents access the Internet when they out enjoying some of the amenities the town has to offer.

Livingstone is a short distance from the Victoria Falls and has beautiful lodges tucked away in the riverine forest along the Zambezi.

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