Using the internet in Zambia

So here I am in Lusaka, trying to get my daily fix of the interweb.

The easiest way to get access on limited basis is to buy a local mobile phone sim card, from the many many places that sell them around the city. I opted for a Zain SIM card ( but you have a choice of 2 other networks MTN and Zamtel.

The cost of the sim card is 5,000 kwacha (approx £0.70 or $1 USD). Add to that around 10,000 Kwacha for startup credit to get you going.

The costs for a pay-as-you-go setup is a fixed 1,600 ZMK per meg which can add up very quickly, but using a phone on android you can control the usage much better than using it on the computer. I was switching the mobile internet on every 2-3 hours to get the emails and check on bits and pieces. I end up spending around 10,000 ZMK per day on average usage.

The network syncs to Edge but I am told they have 3G too but I suspect the sim I have is limited as it’s cheap and probably isn’t designed for 3G.

The APN settings are:

Internet Settings
Account Name = Zain Internet
Home Page:
IP Address = none (leave blank)
Port = none (leave blank)
Username = none (leave blank)
Password = none (leave blank)
Access Point Name (APN) = internet

For further information you can always check Zain’s own website

2 comments on “Using the internet in Zambia

  1. Krishnan J 24/May/2010 12:02 pm

    hi…. can u tell me if there is a plug in broadband for laptops , and what are the charges , how is the speed and if voip is effective from lusaka


    • Subhi 24/May/2010 8:14 pm

      Fixed broadband there, most companies use wifi to deliver it to the home, it’s expensive and slow. VoIP (I only tried Skype) is not of very good quality.

      Most companies have links back to the UK, so your traffic travels to London before going anywhere else in the world.

      Hope this helps, good luck.


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