Malawi: Macra Grants Celcom Limited Mobile Licence

Telecoms

Malawi-owned Celcom Limited, run by MD Ted Sauti-Phiri, is expected to roll out services such as voice telephony and mobile voice telephone by October 2012. MACRA Communications Manager Zadziko Mankhambo said in a statement released on Wednesday, 4 May 2011, that Celcom Limited beat bidders; Zambezi Africa Telecom, C-Mobile Holdings and Smart telecom Limited. He further said the bids were opened on 19 March 2011 in the MACRA boardroom in the presence of all applicants and the public.

"This was followed by an intensive evaluation process conducted by a team of highly qualified professionals in the ICT industry," he said.

The procurement of the fourth mobile phone service issuance was preceded by placement of adverts in both local and international media which included major telecommunications websites, local and international newspapers.

Mankhamba said this development follows the Ministry of Information and Civic Education's policy directive to licence more operators in the country to boost the ICT industry as well as spur competition which it hopes will enhance quality services.