Malawi not doing well in internet usage – Survey

Research findings of a study done by the National Statistical Office (NSO) in conjunction with Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) have indicated that the country is not doing well in the area of internet usage.

Student using Internet resources

Student using Internet resources

The Survey targeted 12,000 households and 12,000 individuals and the findings indicated that six percent of the population use internet.

The findings showed that 55 percent of the targeted audience for the survey could not use internet because they could not afford it.

Deputy Director General for MACRA Francis Bisika said the survey being the first of its kind, tried as much as possible to capture data and information on ICT indicators as defined by the guidelines and methodologies set by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Summit Information Society (WSIS) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as well as those on recent global ICT developments.

“Looking at the findings, you will see that we have made some headway in the access to and usage of broadcasting and postal and courier services but still have some challenges in access to and usage of some ICT services in the telecommunications sector.

He added: “Let these findings, therefore, be our wakeup call and re-ignite us into action to make Malawi yet another ICT Success story.”

He said the findings will go a long way in helping Government, the public and private sectors and the nation at large take stock of achievements as well as gaps in the communications sector adding they [the findings] will also act as a motivation and roadmap to make ICT as a catalyst for economic growth in Malawi.

MACRA commissioned the national survey on ICT services and engaged the services of the National Statistical Office (NSO) to independently carry out the survey on access to and usage of ICT services in Malawi in 2014 and 2015.

The survey covered aspects of accessibility to and usage of telecommunications, broadcasting and postal services in the country. The main objective of the survey was to establish reliable data on the access to and usage of ICT services at household and individual levels in the country as baseline for comparable statistics with other countries.

Coordinator for the survey Lizzie Chikoti said this is a baseline survey so that the service providers should see where they need to improve on the services they are giving to the public.

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9 thoughts on “Malawi not doing well in internet usage – Survey”

  1. Malawiboy says:

    You should start by providing every household with electricity, (that works), as computers require this as a basic starting point.
    You may then find that most people in Malawi do not think internet is the first thing they use when connected to electricity, as most of them do not own a computer, they’re too busy saving up to buy a light bulb.
    Get real, Malawi, first things first.
    1. Make sure people have enough to eat. You’re having problems there.
    2. Get your health system sorted out. The right drugs in your hospitals, enough petrol to run ambulances, paying your doctors & nurses so they stay in your hospitals, would be a good start.
    Oh, and teaching them to actually read and write, so they have a hope of actually using a computer if they can afford one after they have bought their light bulb, might be a good idea.

    Priorities are determined by people’s needs.
    Internet appears to me to be pretty low on the agenda at this stage.
    The problems with internet only affect about 2 per cent of the population, those who can afford electricity, computers, shoes,and lightbulbs.
    The rest of the country is still in the dark ages, killing old people as witches, killing Albinos for use of their body parts in witchcraft ceremonies, entire villages devoting their time and energy to ripping tyres into strips in the hope of selling the odd strip to passers by.

    Wake up Malawi, you are in a sea of shit, and lowering the price of internet may make a very small few a little bit happier, but won’t help the country and it’s people rise out of the mess it finds itself today.
    I pray for you.

  2. Chidempete says:

    Kkkkkkkkk ndemanga ndi anthu ake

  3. Chatsalira says:

    Internet cost in Malawi is very high.

    It has out priced the majority of the population.

  4. Chori says:

    @Nyani_waku_Mayani! I dont agree with you! Rwanda is a landlocked country but internet usage is far ahead of Malawi. You should ask your puppet President and MACRA to tell u the actual problem!

    1. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

      Your comment is just hot air – nonsense. What point are you trying to make? get your thoughts organized before putting fingers to keyboard.

  5. Washington Zoo Panda says:

    N S O and MACRA, how can many malawians us internet when it is one of the most expensive in all the region.

  6. arthur peter mutharika says:

    I blame joyce banda for everything. …shes took Internet money

  7. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Another curse for being an inland, land locked, country, I guess.
    Under sea cables mostly terminate on the coast. So our East African cousins are lucky, and they can have very good and fast service all along the coast, if they wish. But for countries like Malawi, Zambia and zimbabwe, the picture is bleakest.
    There apparently is, or being planned, an undersea cable from The Indian Ocean – Tanzania along the lakes all the way to Uganda to serve that area.
    How about us? What’s the deterrent against an undersea cable being laid along the Zambezi, and branching into the Shire and even straddling Lake Malawi? Are the western industrialized countries just want to punish us, via their usual industrial surrogates? Koma ndiye atikoka ma..nde (They now have us by the short hairs)
    There is literally no affordable internet in Malawi; there are some days i don’t even touch my lap top. Only if we knew when these kind of “punishments” from our colonial occupier and their confederates would be over!

  8. Mapeji says:

    You go to overseas you will find that internet is almost free to their citizens while in Malawi the government is charging heavily by collecting money through the Internet usurers . DPP government is money hungly no wonder you imposed VAT & Surtax on nthumbwana zambuzi and ng’ombe trying to milk an already thin cow. What a shame ?

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