Malawi boosts Internet access: Kaliati says Internet price to fall by 75% , launches virtual landing point with SimbaNet

Minister of Information, Communications, Technology and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati Wednesday launched Malawi virtual landing point to boost internet access in the country as currently Internet penetration in Malawi stands at a partly 5 percent.

Minister of ICT and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati, presents a Certificate to SimbaNet Chief Executive Officer, Santiago Benedit at BICC in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Minister of ICT and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati, presents a Certificate to SimbaNet Chief Executive Officer, Santiago Benedit at BICC in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati, Officially Launches the Malawi Virtual Landing Point at Capital Hill in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati, Officially Launches the Malawi Virtual Landing Point at Capital Hill in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Kaliati said it was a timely and much need communication infrastructure against the backdrop of increasing cross border trade and investment; a phenomenon known as globalization.

“Effective and affordable communication infrastructure, especially in the form of broadband plays a pivotal role in facilitating international trade and global investments flow.

She said the government embarked on the  project upon recognizing that expensive broadband and internet connectivity constituted a serious barrier to Malawi’s doing business indicators.

Kaliati also said that prior to the commencement of the project; Malawi depended largely on expensive satellite connectivity for her internet needs.

The government spokesperson  then said internet connectivity through satellite technology cost the country approximately US$3000 per megabyte per second, per month and apart from being very expensive the quality of connectivity was generally very poor.

“The high cost of connectivity meant that access to internet services was a privilege of the rich, this was an unacceptable situation and set the premise for Government’s decision to pursue the option of establishing a fiber optic connectivity through Tanzania and Zambia,” explained Kaliati

The Government of Malawi in collaboration with the World Bank established the Regional Infrastructure Communication Programme Malawi Project (RCIPMW) to support the necessary legal and regulatory reforms in the communication sector aimed at lowering the cost of broadband connectivity.

“Through an international competitive tender process and a carefully designed public private partnership arrangement, an experienced investor SimbaNet of East Africa was contracted to deliver internet capacity at the Virtual landing point at Capital Hill in Lilongwe at the cost of less than US$200 per megabyte per second a massive reduction from US$3000 prior to the project,” said Kaliati

She further said affordable capacity will promote access to internet by Government institutions, the private sector and Malawian in general.

Kaliati added that high quality and affordable broadband will certainly revolutionalize the mode of delivering services in Malawi especially in sectors such as education, health, industry, trade, tourism, transportation and energy.

In his remarks the Chief Executive Officer of Wananchi Group, Santiago Benedit said it has been a long journey that they embarked on since 2014. He said they have enjoyed tremendous support and encouragement from the Government and particularly from the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC).

“This is the outcome of a very successful Public Private Partnership and I appreciate the Government of Malawi progressive approach towards national development.

“And I thank President Mutharika for the opportunity to enter the Malawi market as an investor into the Fiber Optic backbone and as a provider of wholesale internet to local, regional as well as international bandwidth,” said Benedit.

He further said the purpose of the Public Private Partnership is to spur the private sector to invest in the long-haul fibre optic backbone in order to dramatically reduce cost of internet access and increase available routes where Malawi is connected to the rest of the region and world.

The coming in of Malawi virtual landing point will see the price of internet down to 75%.

SimbaNET is the company that is providing internet service to Malawi through fiber optic from Tanzania.

 

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tim
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tim
4 months 23 days ago

When will it start walk the talk please, we are tired of hearing it will come down, but it will never. Chuka will make sure he devalues the kwacha so public will still pay the same in kwachas, as depreciation is eating our buying power. Tatopa it is tough to make a living

Khalabweka
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Khalabweka
4 months 23 days ago

Internet Access will remain a privilege for the privileged few in Malawi as long as crooks are at the helm. Enafe timangodalira yapaphoni 5 minutes per day or enanu yakuntchito. No price reduction kapena atiuze Kaliati’yo kuti kuyambira lero tizilipira ndalama zingati. Zamkutu basi

ANALYST
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ANALYST
4 months 23 days ago

Anthu inu mungoti “fantastic” , “wow” simukudziwa chomwe mukunena! Palibe chomwe chisinthepo apa! MTL inapanganso promise zomwezi mu 2008 pamene ankalumikiza Optic Fibre Cable with Mozambique – and munali similar story mu Malawi News (omwe mungathe kuipeza newspaper imeneyi, ndi ya mu August, 2008) – ananena kuti internet prices will go down by 30% – but did anyone of you experience such a decrease? Instead, Goodall Gondwe increased tax on data and airtime by stupidly saying “Malawians just talk cheap things on their phones”! Wake up you Malawi

Kalijoice
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Kalijoice
4 months 23 days ago

No timeline given? Whats this? A campaign talk or??????

GN Phiri
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GN Phiri
4 months 23 days ago

Am only waiting to hear the announcement of the price slashing by the service providers, as you may have noted TNM has already hiked price for 2GB data bundle from K4,500 to K5,800 so which is which? MACRA do you have any say in this? yet TNM counterpart Airtel 4GB data bundle is pegged at only K6,600. On the other hand , comparatively MTL have fair price data bundle. However I lament the weak and slow internet speed experienced in some areas, even right here in town!

Ineyo
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Ineyo
4 months 23 days ago

Wow!

APM Katundu
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4 months 23 days ago

I will vote for APM and his DPP in 2019. This is fantastic!

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