Malawi Government has taken a policy decision to encourage the entry and investment of more mobile phone operators in the country.
Minister of Information, Moses Kunkuyu disclosed this on Friday in a press statement made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana).
Kunkuyu said investors would be ‘eased’, provided their ‘financial and technical proposals’ meet the rigorous requirements set by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra).
He said government has arrived at this policy decision in order to benefit Malawians with quality service that the new entrants will bring into the market.
Said Kalongashawa: “This policy decision, we believe, will eliminate the bottleneck that has been evident in the mobile telecommunications industry in the recent past. These include, but are not limited to, high calling rates, dropped calls and customers being charged for unmade calls.”
He also said government expects that more competition in the industry will eliminate some of the problems.
The minister added that ‘Macra has been requested to vigorously market the Malawi mobile telephony to potential investors as quickly as possible.’
Malawi’s mobile phone market is currently dominated by Airtel Malawi Limited and Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM).—Mana