Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has reiterated that the $23 million (K17 billion) National Fibre Backbone Project is an economic enabler that will result in reduced Internet costs.
Speaking in Machinga yesterday at the demonstration site where he appreciated works being done by Huawei Technologies, the minister said all sectors of the economy are bound to reap benefits.
“We were lagging behind in terms of Internet broadband connectivity. The national fibre backbone is an enabler in economic development in the context that when a country has easy access to Internet connectivity, sending of messages will be cheaper.
“The project has now taken off and this will be done across the country from Nsanje to Chitipa, Nkhotakota to Mchinji,” he said.
Dausi observed that the project will also enhance telecommunications connectivity, connecting all government offices, districts and other services to the national fibre backbone.
Apart from that, it will also ensure that e-health and e-learning are enabled. It will also improve government operations through systems such as the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis), Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS), Immigration and National Registration and Identification System, which will be connected through the project.
Huawei has, so far, laid the cable from Mapanga in Chiradzulu to Machinga, a distance of about 46 kilometres (km). The whole project will cover 1 320 kilometres, according to Huawei Malawi managing director Wan Wei.