Four FM radio transmitters have been installed in Kalomo, Mwandi, Senga hill and Mporokoso district to improve reception for Zambia national broadcasting corporation (ZNBC) radio one and two.
The four are the first of 15 sites around the country which had been experiencing challenges with radio reception.
Information and media minister Chushi Kasanda said in a statement yesterday that the four sites were fully operational with a coverage of 40 and 80 kilometers depending on antenna and terrain.
Ms. Kasanda said that as a result the number of radio transmitters had now increased to 52 from 48. She said that in the second quarter of last year, government released k7.2 million towards the project and the procurement of the equipment was done in the quarter of 2022 while installation in the fourth quarter She said the implementation of the project was scheduled to be completed June this year on all the remaining sites.
“When all the 15 sites are installed, coverage will increase country wide from ZNBC FM radio services from 48 per cent to 60 per cent as a result of an increase in transmission sites to 63,” she said.
The remaining sites are in Maamba, Sinazongwe, Sinazeze, Mporokoso, Lukulu and Nyimba. Others are in Isoka, Chiengi, Kaputa and Monze.