G-Mobile has ten months to roll out operations in Malawi
G-Mobile, Malawi’s third cellphone network company is within the next 10 months expected to roll out its operations in the country after it was awarded a licence by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA).
The company, formerly known as Globally Advanced Integrated Networks (GAIN) comes at a times when Malawians have been calling for another mobile phone service provider to ensure efficient telecommunication services in the country.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony in Blantyre, Macra board chairperson Thengo Maloya said the country has high expectations from G-Mobile, considering the disappointment Malawians have had with the quality of services being offered by existing companies [Zain Malawi and TNM] that are characterised by high rates of prices and dropped calls.
According to Maloya, if G-Mobile fails to roll out operations within the 10 months period, its licence will be revoked. Said Maloya: “We are giving them 10 months to roll out and if they don’t, we will act according to the law, the licence will be revoked.”
G-Mobile vice-chairperson Limbani Kalilani promises first class telecommunication services in Malawi saying his company, which is expected to invest US$40 million (about K1.6 billion) within the first five years of operations, will bring more advanced technologies in the system. “We will be introducing the first ever hybrid network in Malawi. We want [mobile] services in the country to match the best in Africa,” said Kalilani.
As disclosed by Kalilani, the company is expected to provide about 900 jobs to Malawians, in addition to reaching the rural masses by providing facilities which will “facilitate easy access to telecommunications services.”