Airtel Malawi Reaffirms Commitment to Promoting Digital Inclusion
MACRA Director General Daud Suleman praised Airtel Malawi for supporting the government in promoting digitalization across the country.
LILONGWE, Malawi- Airtel Malawi says it will continue to deepen penetration of its digital inclusion agenda by investing in the latest technology and infrastructure to ensure its network is affordable, reliable and accessible to all, writes Moses Nyirenda.
This comes after the telecommunications service provider recently renewed its three licenses - Network Services License, Network Facilities Service License and Application Services License - through the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA).
Speaking after the license renewals, Airtel Malawi Managing Director Charles Kamoto said that to promote digital inclusion, among other things, the company is committed to providing top-notch services while exploring new opportunities.
“We are committed to providing the best quality, value and customer experience in the industry,” Kamoto said.
“We are also excited to explore new opportunities and challenges in the future, and we hope that you will continue to be part of our journey.”
The managing director also said Airtel is looking forward to continuing work closely with partners such as UNICEF and the Ministry of Education to transform education in various primary and secondary schools by bringing in digitalization through tablets, smart TVs and free internet connectivity.
“Our goal is to connect more primary and secondary schools over the next couple of years while we continue to develop targeted solutions to address digital inclusion gaps in the education sector and our communities,” he said.
In his remarks, MACRA Director General Daud Suleman praised Airtel Malawi for supporting the government in promoting digitalization across the country.
With the renewal of the licenses, Suleman advised Airtel Malawi to strive to improve its services and support efforts to intensify digitalization nationwide.
“With the renewal of the licenses, they should emphasize quality of service,” Suleman said.
“Secondly, we should deepen digitalization - the 23% internet penetration rate in the country still remains low. We would love to hit 60% by 2028. We see Airtel as a very strategic player in helping us achieve that goal.”
Airtel Malawi was first granted a license on Feb. 5, 1999, which was renewed for the first time in February 2014.