Tags: ICT

MultiChoice decries high equipment costs

  Pay television service provider, MultiChoice Malawi, says high charges for equipment for broadcasting and television signal is negatively impacting on the growth of access to television in the country. The company was reacting to the recent national survey on access to and usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services in Malawi for the…

Macra says survey will improve ICT services

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) says a survey on access and usage of information and communications technology (ICT) will help Malawians to take stock of achievements and gaps in the sector. Macra director general Godfrey Itaye said this yesterday in Blantyre at the launch of the survey report on household and individual access and…

High costs prohibit cellphone usage—Survey

  Many Malawians have access to mobile phones and other telecommunication facilities, but usage remains low because of the high cost of services by operators in Malawi, according to a survey. The survey on the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) commissioned by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) and undertaken by National Statistical Office…

Converged licensing begins Jan—Macra

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) will start accrediting telecommunications companies under the converged licensing framework (CLF) in January 2016, an official has said. In line with the objective of fostering the development of information and communication technology (ICT) services in accordance with recognised international standards, Macra intends to migrate the current licensing regime for…

Macra proposes rules for TV white spaces

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has proposed rules that will help in operating television white spaces (TVWS). White spaces are parts of the spectrum that are unused in a particular location and at a particular time. TVWS exist between airwaves primarily used for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting. Speaking on Monday at the World Radio…

MPs tour media houses

  Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the Media, Information and Communications Committee have embarked on a nationwide tour of media houses and other institutions in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The MPs, led by committee chairperson Sam Kawale, started their familiarisation tour in Lilongwe on Monday afternoon where they visited multi-award winning…

Macra forms ICT forum in Central Region

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) on Wednesday launched an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) forum in the Central Region which will among other things, help Macra sensitise the public. Macra deputy director for legal services Thoko Chimbe said there was a lot to be done in terms of awareness, adding that communications services, especially…

Nankhumwa cautions Goodall on SMS tax

  Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa has cautioned his colleague at Finance that the new tax on telecommunications services would negatively affect the economy and defeat the drive of making telecommunications services affordable. In a letter addressed to Goodall Gondwe dated May 28 2015 that Nation on Sunday has seen, Nankhumwa fears the newly-introduced 10…

CSO, media meet to promote consumer rights

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) yesterday organised a day-long workshop in Blantyre where civil society leaders and media representatives met to promote consumer rights. The participants were expected to discuss the role of the civil society in consumer protection, involvement of the media and civil society in information, communication and technology (ICT) and the…

Unima explains poor ranking

  University of Malawi (Unima) has blamed its poor ranking among top 100 universities in Africa on its constituent colleges’ uncoordinated information and communication technology (ICT) structures. The university, ranked 99, is in the process of harmonising its ICT structures to increase international visibility to improve on ranking. There have been concerns recently over the…

Commission working on 10 projects requiring PPP deals

Malawi’s Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC), formerly Privatisation Commission (PC),says it is currently working on 10 projects that require public private partnership (PPP) arrangements. PPPC director of project finance and risk analysis Audrey Mwala, speaking at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) annual conference in Mangochi on Friday, could, however, not disclose the…