The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) says plans were underway to introduce a national broadband strategy that will provide an all-inclusive and coordinated network across the country.
Speaking during a consultative meeting held on Thursday with its stakeholders, the Director General for MACRA, Godfrey Itaye said the broadband which is yet to be formulated would help the country attain an improved access to critical ICT infrastructures in public and private sectors.
“As we are all aware, no economy can ignore the utilization of ICT in a modern economy, therefore the government of Malawi plans to accelerate the development of ICT to improve access to government services as well as to reduce infrastructure costs,” Itaye said.
He added that it was MACRA’s obligation by the legal framework to ensure that reliable and affordable services were provided throughout the country to meet demand hence the development of the strategy as a fulfilment of that obligation.
Itaye also said that he believed Malawi would join other countries that were using this technology to transform the mode in which services were delivered across the country for both the private and public sectors.
Commenting on the development, University of Malawi Registrar, Benedicto Malunga said it was a very welcome development and that MACRA should be congratulated for organising the consultative meeting to assess the needs of its stakeholders before coming up with the strategy.
“I would like to commend MACRA for recognising the changes in technology and also for organising the consultative meeting so that whatever policies they introduce should reflect the wishes and needs of the consumers of the network”.
Director for Interconnect Communications, Eric Tyson, said the National Broadband Strategy was expected to be undertaken for 5-6 months.
He said that his company was contracted by the government of Malawi through MACRA to develop the national broadband strategy which was initiated last week.