Malawi Fiber optic backbone project to resolve rural areas’ communication challenges

Nsanje, April 24: Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has said the Malawi Fiber optic backbone project will help to resolve communication challenges especially to Malawians living in rural areas as they will be able to enjoy high-speed internet which for a long time was limited to major towns.

Honourable Minister Nicholas Dausi made the remarks Saturday in the area of chief Ndamela in Nsanje, during a development rally where he gave hope to the people regarding communication challenges they are facing.

He said government is making sure that all rural areas should be accessing high speed internet to make communication more efficient and effective.

Mobile connectivity challenges facing most of the districts in the country including Nsanje will be a thing of the past shortly as the state president will be launching the Malawi Fiber optic backbone project on April 26.

I came to Nsanje to convey assurance message from President Arthur Peter Mutharika that in all rural areas across the country people must be able to learn computer and internet, the Minster said.

Dausi encouraged network providers to use the project’s opportunity to coordinate and cooperate to ensure that every corner of the country has network coverage.

Fiber optic backbone which is being developed by Malawi will be deployed using ESCOM’s power transmission towers.

China has provided Malawi with $23 million [about K16.5 billion] to improve internet connectivity.

Earlier in the day, the Minister presented a desktop Computer on behalf of the state president to Nyanthepa Community Radio Station newsroom.

The Nyanthepa Community Radio Station Manager on March 4, 2017 pleaded with the Minister to provide the newsroom with a computer as they were writing stories using a pen and a paper.

As per your request at the time I visited you, I have come to handover a set of computer from the state president. I am sure that it will assist you in providing the information to the communities both of us we are serving, Dausi explained.

Station Manager for Nyanthepa Community Radio, Dave Guta applauded the Minister for the timely support which he said will make the newsroom more vibrant and ensure that communities are provided with the necessary information.

It is a special day for us as a community station. We only had a single computer which is used in the on-air studio. We were writing stories by hand but now things have changed for the better, he said.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA