Malawi phone operators want tariff controls out

Telephone operators have expressed concern over a law which gives powers to government to control tariffs, saying this was

Kamoto says there is no evidence if excessive profits

Association of Telecommunication Operators Ltd president Charles Kamoto  said this when the association members appeared by parliament’s Media Committee.

The Communications Act gives powers to Macra to control tariffs.

Kamoto  defended the high tariff rates, saying this was just a perception—arguing the prices are far much lower forcing the
operators make marginal profits.

“Our prices are far much lower, we just make marginal profits. The effective rates only just cover costs including a reasonable return on
capital employed, there is no evidence of excessive profits,” said Kamoto.

However, Kamoto conceded internet rates remains high in the country, saying this is the case in land-locked countries.

“The cost of internet delivery in Malawi is very high because we are a land-locked country. The fibre internet delivery is cheap but in
Malawi it is expensive because of the distance from the sea,” he said.

Kamoto was therefore skeptical that tariffs are controlled by Macra.

Vice chairman of the committee Godfrey Munkhondia said they summoned the telephone operators as a follow up following the passing of the Communications Act a few years ago.

“This is the first time we are interacting with stakeholders after the passing of the Act. It does not make sense to have an Act which cannot be implemented on the ground,” said Munkhondia.

He said the committee would continue with such interaction sessions for the improvement of the telecommunication industry.

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Walaya Ngansa
Walaya Ngansa
6 years ago

good news

6 years ago

How do they manage to outsource call center, airtel shops and network department. You are paying this people Billions of kwacha every month and their workers are getting as low as k40,000.00 per month and am telling this gorverment these people called indias they dont have mercy with malawians they will do what ever it takes to make themselves rich and make sure that all theirs workers remain poor for ever. These people they dont make losses but they make high profits every day in billions this is their strategy every day they will claim that they make losses but… Read more »

6 years ago

Kkkkkkkk it was indeed an “an interaction session” – nothing much should be expected

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