GAIN receives fresh rollout deadline in Malawi


Malawi’s third licensed mobile operator, Global Advanced Integrated Networks (GAIN), which intends to provide services under the G-Mobile banner, has been awarded an extension to its network rollout deadline by the country’s telecoms regulator, Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA). The cellco has now been given until 12 April 2010 to deploy a mobile network or face losing its licence.

As reported by CommsUpdate, GAIN’s director, Limbani Kalilani, admitted late last year that the company would not be able to meet the original deadline of 31 December 2009 as stipulated by its licence. The company requested an extension from MACRA, stating it would make up for the delay by combining rollout phases outlined by the concession. Meanwhile, South African news source reports that Beryl Capital and Telecoms has engaged Telkom South Africa to operate and manage GAIN. Beryl signed a USD90 million partnership deal with GAIN in July 2009 for the supply, installation and commissioning of the cellco’s wireless infrastructure.