TELECOMS

NEW FIXED LINE PHONE OPERATOR APPROVED IN MALAWI

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has issued a licence to Access Communications Limited as the country’s second national operator (SNO) to provide fixed public telecommunications services in competition with the recently privatised incumbent Malawi Telecommunications Ltd (MTL).

In a statement, MACRA said four companies had expressed an interest in offering fixed telephony after a tender was issued in March last year; they were African Communications Limited (Africoms), AirTel Communications Limited and Access Communications, all from Malawi, and Terracom Communications of Rwanda. MACRA indicated that its management, technical committee and board, in consultation with government, evaluated the award of the licence pursuant to paragraph 2.1.6.1 of the Communications Sector Policy Statement of 1998 and section 16 of the Communications Act of 1998.

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