Enterprising Malawians stand a chance to run tele-centres in the ongoing Connect-A-Constituency initiative, which seeks to increase penetration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in unreached areas.
Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director of telecommunications Lloyd Momba hinted at the potential business opportunity in Mzuzu on Thursday when briefing chiefs and councillors on the second phase of the rural connectivity drive.
The first phase of the initiative, which cost government about K1 billion since April 2012, resulted in the construction of 13 tele-centres out of the 15 initially planned to take shape in two years.
Macra convened local leaders from Mzimba, Rumphi, Karonga, Nkhata Bay and Dowa to brief them on the next chapter—starting with K520 million—which earmarks offering 20 more sites by 2017. Out of the sites, 14 have already been identified, said Momba.
“Macra is striving to bridge the digital divide,” he said.