Malawi mobile phone data not expensive—TNM Plc

One of Malawi’s leading mobile internet service providers, TNM Plc has come out to dispel social media reports that the country has the most expensive internet data prices.

TNM plc CEO Michiel Buitelaar

On the contrary Malawi’s data prices are about at an average of K1,691 (US$2.25) per Gigabyte (GB), a senior TNM official has clarified.

This week, a report by media content provider Visual Capitalist, erroneously singled out Malawi’s data charges as the highest from a basket of other African countries at U$27 per GB.

But reacting to the reports, TNM Head of Brand and  Marketing Communications Louis Chipofya said Visual Capitalist has retracted the said report in circulation and offered an apology.

“Visual Capitalist has apologized about the chart that was in circulation on social media with incorrect data about our data charges. Dan Howdie, Director of Content and Communications at Existent, responsible for the research done by www.cable.co.uk (the source quoted in the Visual Capitalist graph), in a conversation with TNM Plc CEO Michiel Buitelaar, confirmed that the figure for Malawi is an anomaly,” he said.

Chipofya said significant investment in building a modern mobile internet network and upgrades to the 4G platform by TNM has increased penetration of the 4G network by 75 percent across the country. This has led to a marked reduction in the average cost of 1Gb from K7,000 in 2016 to K1,691 in 2020 or by 75 percent.

“Contrary to the alleged rates, TNM’s effective price in 2020 has been MK 1,691 per GB and we have popular bundle offers MK 1,000 per GB, with some going as low as MK 600 per GB.

“As Malawian company, TNM is committed to see data prices continue to go down but this is only achievable if more people start using data to achieve economies of scale resulting in reduced data pricing per GB,” he said.

He said between 2015 and 2020, TNM he invested a total of K91.9 billion in upgrading its ICT infrastructure to provide a world class 4G experience for customers enabling faster downloads and streaming of rich data and strong internet connectivity.

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Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
7 months ago

Komanso 1600 per GB for how many days? Osamatinyasatu anthufe ndi zaugalu zanuzi

Chautaamalanga
7 months ago

Kanundu mwampeza kuti to say what is just captured here bwana chipofya?

Nkuzilire
Nkuzilire
7 months ago

The next demonstrations will be for you….. tingopuma kaye pang`ono za ma demo.
A voice call is very expesive in Malawi. We are talking of talk time,not mtolo or yanga 99.

tuntufye
tuntufye
7 months ago

i do not think this is true, communication is not a luxury in this era neither is it a luxury at any time. I personally find data costs probihitive. Please reconsider.

Chisamba
Chisamba
7 months ago

Bwana sakusokoneza bundle ndi airtime yeniyeni??? 1600 airtime can’t give me volume data ya 1 GB… Malawi wake uti?

Thoko
Thoko
7 months ago

What is this 1600 per gigabyte they’re talking about?

Cashgate1
Cashgate1
7 months ago

Iwe ndiwe galu kwabasi

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