Malawi awards licence to third mobile operator

GAIN is the third mobile service provider alongside Celtel Malawi and Telekom Networks, and Malawians are hoping that the high cellular charges will be lower with a third competitor on the market.

According to MACRA spokesperson Zadziko Mankhambo, a new mobile service provider will contribute to the promotion of the development of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in both urban and rural areas of the country.

“The company will promote competition in the telecommunications industry, thereby increasing the quality and affordability of the telecommunication services for the benefit of all people in the country,” he said.

Mankhambo added that MACRA’s Board has also reviewed the process leading to the award of the Second Network Fixed Line Operator (SNO) licence and is in the process of awarding the licence to Access Communications Limited (ACL).

Malawi has only one ground line operator called Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL). ‘ APA.

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