BLANTYRE (Ida Kazembe, Mana)- As Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) continues to intensify efforts to improve Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sector in Malawi, the regulator on Monday authorized the entry of a new public telecommunication company on the market.
La-Cell public telecommunication Company has been licenced to operate in the country.
MACRA’s Director General Geofrey Itaye said the new entrant signifies more investment coming to Malawi at the same time creating a competitive scenario on the market.
“MACRA is convinced that Lacell will be able to deliver and make a significant contribution to the economy, “said Itaye.
Itaye added that telecommunication investment is essential not only for economic growth but also for improvement of communication sector.
Itaye then advised the newly licensed mobile company to positively contribute to the improvement of the communication sector by connecting Malawians in the under-served communities as a larger percentage of people remains
“ There are Malawians who do not even access mobile signal in their areas and have to walk for miles just to communicate with relations,’ adds Itaye.
MACRA board chairperson, Alissa Makawa said telecommunication services are essential for sustainable development of Malawi considering the profound impact they have on both economic and social levels all over the world.
“The ability to access and share information and stimulate the creation of new idea is viewed as essential for maintaining a strong economy and enhancing quality of life in areas of health, education, agriculture, banking and government hence the importance in licensing new players in the industry,” explained Alissa.
Makawa commended the entry of Lacell as it may assist bringing down the high phone tariffs and poor quality of service in the country by bringing the much needed competition on the market.
Lacell board chair, Faruk Satar promised to create a winning situation for all players in the communication sector which includes consumers, fellow operators and the nation at large.
“We will ensure value for money on data and telecommunication services, high speed and efficiency, explained Satar.
While welcoming Lacell on the market, MACRA’s Director General has hinted that the CIRMS machine will be operating in the next 3 month to ensure proper monitoring as one way of controlling consumer violation by service providers who up to now goes unmonitored.
Lacell public telecommunication company is local entity which had shown commitment to join the telecommunication sector by paying the full 10 year license fees amounting to 600 Milliom Kwacha.
Satar said currently, technical and finance teams are concluding some foundation projects in readiness for the roll out come mid 2016.