Zambia to be digitalised

 Zambia to be digitalised

Technology and Science Minister Felix Mutati says Zambia will in the next two years transform from the use of Analogue Satellite to digital satellite.

Mr Mutati said Zambia’s first satellite launched in 1974 at Mwembeshi Earth centre has been surpassed with advancement in technology making the country lag behind.

He said that moving from analogue will enhance digital economic activities for Government to plan ahead in challenges such as climate change, flooding and in the health sector among others.

He also urged a team of experts headed by National Remote Sensing Centre Director Faustin Banda, the University of Zambia and the contractor AVIC international to ensure they speed up works for the new satellite

“I am happy that infrastructure by AVIC at the Centre is now complete and will have to provide the Antenna for images and computer system, Government is looking at ways in which the old equipment at Mwembeshi earth Moving Centre can be transformed to contribute to technology,” he said.

Mr Mutati was speaking after touring Mwembeshi earth satellite and works by Avic International at National Remote Sensing Centre where a digital satellite will be installed in Chibombo area.