New twist in Teleology 9mobile transaction

Twist in
Teleology tale

Attempts to block
9mobile sale.

Tuesday, Dec 11th

US$23m fibre backbone project underway in Malawi

Malawi initiates USm fibre backbone project

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), in association with Huawei Technologies, has begun with the implementation of a US$23 million national fibre backbone project.

The fibre network is scheduled for implementation across 28 districts to facilitate the integration of government operating systems as well as increase internet access and address mobile communication challenges.

Chester Kabinda, Escom head of optic fibre communication, said, "In addition to improving inter-connectivity, this project will also reduce corruption and theft within the government machinery as it will lead to enhanced connected and overall efficiency of Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS), Human Resources Management Information System (HRMIS), and the Immigration and National Registration and Identification System."

He added that approximately 300 Malawians will be employed during the implementation phase of the project.

Escom has however warned consumers to expect blackouts for the next six months.

Kabinda said implementation will mean having to switch off power because optic fibre cables will be deployed on power transmission lines.

Victor Malewa, Deputy Director in the department of e-government Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, said the project will also improve access to broadband and internet services.

Malawi has a population of just over 17 million people. According to a 2016 report by BuddeComm research, the country's market penetration rate for internet users stood at 6.8%, while that of mobile phone users was recorded at 38.3%.

ALSO ON ITWEB AFRICA

Top considerations before implementing an HCM system Published on 29 November 2018

The cloud is a game-changer for many industries and it has also influenced the decision making when it comes to acquiring and implementing Human Capital Management (HCM) systems, says CRS Technologies South Africa.

Internet of Things Artificial Intelligence ... the future Published on 29 November 2018

Over the next six to 12 months, it is very likely that the potential of IOT will see numerous small players emerge across all industries says Phathizwe Malinga, managing director of SqwidNet.

Namibia to improve ease of doing business Published on 10 October 2016

ICT one of several key imports characterising ongoing and growing trade between the two Southern African countries.

BT to remove Huawei equipment from its core 4G network Published on 05 December 2018

The British telecoms group is reportedly moving to keep the Chinese company's equipment at the edge of telecoms.