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The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) plans to roll out a mobile network, leveraging the Universal Services Fund (USF), to ensure at least 2G connectivity in under-serviced rural areas. According to MACRA head of universal services Emily Khamula Lungu 16% of Malawians live in areas that are under-served by mobile phone coverage of any kind....

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Airtel Malawi Plc, which listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) this week, became the first digital IPO as it transacted, among other platforms through mobile money. The IPO’s lead advisor Standard Bank of Malawi applauded the Reserve Bank of Malawi for accommodating several transaction platforms during the offer. Enock Kondowe, Standard Bank’s head of...

Malawi has announced a US$72.4m international connectivity contract to improve access to ICT infrastructure for the public and private sectors. The contract was signed recently in Blantyre and forms part of the Digital Malawi Project, a government initiative being implemented by the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) and funded by the World Bank. According to...

Telecom services remain disrupted on the telecom networks of operators Airtel, Telekom Networks Malawi and even among service providers like Malawi Digital Broadcasting Network (MDBNL) or Zodiak Broadcasting Station in Lilongwe, the capital . The cause of this disruption was the fire that ravaged the telecom communications center of Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), the incumbent...

Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has vowed to restore mobile phone communications after a fire gutted the company’s offices in Lilongwe. The company’s tower facilitates communication for several telecommunication services providers including Malawi Digital Broadcasting Network (MDBNL), Telekom Networks Malawi, Airtel Malawi and Zodiak Broadcasting Station. MTL chief commercial officer Gladson Kuyeri said, “As landlord, we...

Malawi’s under pressure Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha has confirmed the government’s withdrawal of the 1%withholding tax imposed on mobile money transactions. “Although this measure is in line with policy developments in (other) neighbouring countries, government has however, proceeded to withdraw this proposed tax,” said Mawanamvekha. Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the...