Malawi Parliament calls for improved Mobile network coverage

Members of Parliament in Malawi have on Tuesday, 29 November 2017, called for improved mobile network coverage in areas of the country where coverage is limited. The members have condemned the irregular mobile network coverage in Malawi.

Parliamentarian, Philipo Chinkhondo, asked government to engage the network providers on roaming charges, especially around the border areas which he said was costing his constituents more than what others are paying for the same services.

Chinkhondo said in these areas, some mobile phone users use the Mozambican network which attracts roaming charges, especially for Airtel subscribers.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nicholas Dausi, told the parliamentarians that government had already engaged the mobile network providers on the same and that it was looking forward to having the challenges sorted out. “My ministry has been engaging the network providers and we will ensure that such issues are handled said the minister.

There are two prominent mobile network providers in Malawi, Telekom Malawi and Airtel. In October 2017, Airtel made a commitment to address network problems. The telecom provider noted that slow internet speed is among the challenges subscribers have been facing and accepted that more work needs to be done to eliminate the problems.

Telecommunication firms were advised to take measures to make sure that they provide good network to all people in order for communication activities to be smooth in the country.

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