Director General for the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) Daud Suleman has called on players in the communication and telecommunications sector to ensure that they offer Malawians services that can improve socio-economic development.
Suleman made the call in Lilongwe when MACRA was handing over a new operating licence to mobile telecommunications operator Airtel Malawi for another 10 years.
“Digitalisation remains key to achieving the Malawi 2063 development agenda. This is why we are emphasising players in the communications and telecommunications sector to bring quality and affordable services that will help Malawians improve their way of life. Our expectation from Airtel Malawi is that it will help the country in deepening the intake of internet penetration to around 60 percent from the current 23 percent. We believe digitalisation remains critical in an economy like ours,” said Suleman.
On his part, the Managing Director of Airtel Malawi, Charles Kamoto, expressed Airtel Malawi’s commitment to assisting the government in connecting people in the country so that everyone is digitally included.
“The new licence marks exactly 25 years since Airtel Malawi was granted its initial license on February 5, 1999, and subsequently renewed 10 years ago in February 2014. It is a memorable and remarkable day for Airtel Malawi, the entire sector, and the country, considering the significant contributions that Airtel Malawi has made to the nation since 2014,” said Kamoto.