Tags: Macra

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…

Zambian delegation here to learn from Macra on Cirms

  Malawi Communications and Regulatory Authority (Macra)’s successful purchase and nod from the court to use a machine to monitor mobile phone operators, has attracted a delegation from its Zambian counterpart institution. A seven-member delegation from Zambia Information and Communications Authority (Zicta) is in the country for a benchmark study tour to learn from Macra…

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…

Universal Access Fund awaits parliament nod

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) says the operationalisation of the Universal Access Fund (UAF),  awaits the passing of the revised Communications Bill by parliament. UAF is part of the revised Communications Bill, and once enacted, it will allow MACRA to roll out programmes that enhance the provision of universal ICT access by facilitating extended…

Enhance mobile money transfer, says Macra

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has said this is an opportune time for mobile phone service operators to explore the potential in mobile money service, which is just developing in the country. Macra director general Godfrey Itaye told Malawi News Agency (Mana) last week that this is premised on the fact that mobile phones…

Lacell invests K84bn, promises1 000 jobs

  Newly licenced mobile phone network operator, Lacell Private Limited, says it has invested $150 million (about K84 billion at the current exchange rate) in preparation for its roll-out mid-2016. Lacell board chairperson Farook Sattar, whose company has paid Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) K600 million ($1.1 million)for the licence and spectrum, also said it…

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…

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…

The brazen robbery taking place in Malawi is worrying. Robbers are attacking at anytime, anywhere at will. Hardly a day passes without a robbery incident or other violent crime taking place. The recent senseless murder of ACB director of corporate affairs is most chilling. It is like the criminals have just gone on a rampage.…

Government not serious on digital migration, says Cama

With less than 10 days before the country switches to digital television broadcasting, Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has accused government of lacking seriousness and commitment on digital migration. Cama executive director John Kapito, in an interview on Monday, branded the project as a failure. “This is a failure but give it a chance,” he…

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…

Macra launches second TV white spaces project

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has launched the second pilot project of Television White Spaces Test Bed at Mulanje Secondary School and Chitakale Teacher Development Centre (TDC) in Mulanje. The technology takes advantage of free or unused television channels to provide internet connectivity. Speaking during the launch at Mulanje Secondary School on Thursday, Minister of…

Operator stops Macra over licence

–Kunkuyu’s directive to negotiate licence faulted –Interested party obtains injunction to stop process A February 15 2013 directive from a former minister of Information to Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) to negotiate a licence deal with a specific mobile phone firm has landed the regulator a lawsuit. The applicant, Ian Kanyuka of TalkAWE! Limited, obtained…

Macra demystifies ‘spy machine’

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has projected an increase in its revenue collection from telecommunications network operators following the rolling out of the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (Cirms) last week. Speaking in an interview in Blantyre on Friday, Macra director general Andrew Kumbatira said Cirms, dubbed ‘the spy machine’ by its critics, would give…

Innovating Malawi mobile money service

From the start of the mobile industry, interoperability continues to shape and deliver mutual benefits to mobile service providers. This is obvious in support of interoperability that includes both short message service (SMS) and voice services whereby the relationship has delivered more revenue and profit for the industry. So, it is not all surprising to…