Airtel Malawi Upgrades Mobile Internet


Airtel has launched its 3.75G mobile internet in Malawi and Madagascar, which offers fastest information transfer. According to a statement released by Airtel, the launching of the 3.75G is an upgrade from the current third generation (3G) data service in the two countries.

Airtel Malawi managing director Saulos Chilima said that the upgrade to 3.75G would enable the company provide the fastest data speeds in the country. Airtel will offer maximum internet speeds of up to 21 megabits per second (Mbps) from the current maximum of 7.2Mbps and the improved technology will allow users to make video calls, fast download of information and data. Chilima said that this data service being offered from the 3.75G network infrastructure is the widest, largest, the best and most affordable in Malawi.

Airtel has invested US$5.2 million to upgrade its network infrastructure to 3.75G.
The company's 3.75 G network upgrade comes just a few months after Airtel Malawi was awarded the best mobile data operator accolade in Southern and East Africa in December 2011 by the African Telecom People .

Speaking during the launch in Blantyre, Minister of Information and Civic Education, Moses Kunkuyu described the upgrade as a revolution to mobile internet users as they will now access information on their handsets and other mobile devices even faster than before. Kunkuyu said the issues of internet are no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

"Internet is proving to be focal points of any aspect of development in the world hence the need to make it easily accessible through such latest technologies which improve internet speeds even in Malawi," he said.