Kaliati warns ‘deliver or revoke licenses’ of Malawi mobile phone operators, radios

Information and Civic Education Minister Patricia Kaliati warned on Tuesday that the government through its regulatory body, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), would revoke licenses of mobile phone operators and radio stations that provide poor services.

Kaliati arrives at MACRA Head Office in Blantyre during farmilirasation tour Pic Mayamiko Wallace - MANA

Kaliati arrives at MACRA Head Office in Blantyre during farmilirasation tour Pic Mayamiko Wallace – MANA

Minister of Information and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati tours the Broadcasting Monitoring Unit at MACRA in Blantyre - Pic Mayamiko Wallace - MANA

Minister of Information and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati tours the Broadcasting Monitoring Unit at MACRA in Blantyre – Pic Mayamiko Wallace – MANA

Kaliati issued the warning when she visited Macra offices in Blantyre as part of her familiarization tour of institutions under her ministry.

She warned that government would take away their the licences and give them to other companies willing to invest in good service delivery

Kaliati warned some private broadcasters in the country to adhere to their license obligations and provisions as provided for in the Communications Act, hinting there was failure by others.

She had the opportunity to appreciate the works of the Spectrum Monitoring Van which helps enforce compliance with radio traffic regulations, as breaches can be recognized in time by means of radio surveillance and radio monitoring.

Kaliati also toured the organisation’s Broadcasting Unit as well as the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (CIRMS) which is christened as ‘Spy machine’ – yet to roll out its operations due to a restraining order from the court.

The CIRMS machine aims at improving regulatory monitoring functions which are quality service, revenue assurance, fraud management and spectrum allocation and management.

“This machine is very important because once it starts its operations, customers will enjoy what they are paying for without any interference as we will be able to detect their profits against their service delivery,” said Kaliati.

She added; “And let me warn service providers both radio stations and mobile phone operators not to give their customers a blind eye, taking advantage of their low literacy levels because we will revoke their licenses and give to those who are willing to comply, especially in reaching the rural masses.

Macra Director General, Godfrey Itaye said the organization was waiting for a court ruling from the Supreme Court for the machine to start its operations.—Additional reporting by Loness Gwazanga –Mana

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The Obs
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The Obs
5 months 1 day ago

Fufuzani kaye before commenting on spy machine google it and have facts osamangotokota ngati mukudziwa

chipiti mhango
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5 months 2 days ago

spy machine inayamba kugwira ntchito Mdziko muno, if it wasn’t so ndiye kuti kabwira ndi anzake aja sizikanachitikila zija zokhuza whatsapp chat yao IJA, a boma anadziwa bwanji kuti pano anthu akukambilana, or else mobile operators are to blame for giving out infor Ku boma, who retrieved that in for? we are not ignorant mother Malawi

The Observer
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The Observer
5 months 2 days ago

A Malawi tatiyeni tichangamuke ma Telephone Operators akuti lima why restraining the implementation of the CRMIS machine kufuna kuba basi paliponse. The services of the Telecom Operators are very poor one has to work at night for the internet to work but yet they charge for use of a day, or week. Busy kuba ma units thats why these operators are blocking the spy machine I think its now high time to protest against these operators why hiding on customers back yet they know are reaping us.

Zanga Phee!
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Zanga Phee!
5 months 5 days ago

Eyes of the minister were not at the screen why.See my name.

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