Information Minister Patricia Kaliati says Malawi Government intends to connect submarine cables from Tanzania to ensure that Malawians can get affordable and accessible ICT as well as boost internet services.
Kaliati made the disclosure after meeting Tanzania’s Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa, during her tour in the East African nation.
The minister said the World Bank has given Malawi funds to connect submarine cables with Tanzania.
“Thank you very much for your support and entire government for welcoming us to Tanzania to achieve our mission target on international connectivity to submarine cables,” she said, according to The Guardian on Sunday of Tanzania.
“We are here today to see what you have already done, you are really doing a lot, and we are here with the purpose of recognising, getting advice from what you have done and learning from your technical expertise because we are expecting to construct the ICT broadband backbone in Malawi in the near future,” she is quoted saying.
According to the minister, Malawi plans to build its own ICT broadband fibre to get best services.
She noted that such moves would reduce the cost of internet, saying Tanzania is their first choice and she recognises the high quality of the National ICT Broadband Backbone.
The National ICT broadband Backbone has been built using Optical fibre technology. The technology is not only resilient to bad weather but also possesses better characteristics such as its high bandwidth capacity, compactness, low transmission losses, and high signal security.
Others include immunity to interference and cross-talk, system reliability and ease of maintenance which are among the most important. It is much more efficient and reliable for communication use over satellite-based communications.