Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority amends telecoms licences


Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has gazetted the amendments of telecoms operators licence to allow four of them to provide both fixed and mobile phone services.

This is contained in the Malawi government gazette published in Zomba on September 23, this year.

Macra’s Director General Charles Nsaliwa indicates in the gazette that the regulator had made amendments of licences awarded to ACL Limited, Airtel Limited, Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) and TNM Limited.

“The amendments are being made to comply with the new converged licensing framework that the authority has embarked on.

“Under such a converged regime, the authority will ensure a technology neutral network licensing framework thereby enabling the current telecommunications operators to provide any public telecommunication services,” said Nsaliwa.

In an interview on Friday, Macra’s Communications Manager Zadziko Mankhambo said it is now up to the operators to offer the public wider quality services.

“The development means the mentioned players in the telecommunications sector can now offer both fixed and mobile phone services which we as a regulator feel it is fair to them but the operators must ensure that apart from offering the public choice of service the output must be of high quality,” Mankhambo said.

Other players in telecoms sector include G-Mobile which has not yet rolled out its services and newly licensed Celcom.