By Martin Phiri:
Expectations are high that internet costs will be reduced and speed enhanced following completion of a project of pulling fiber internet from the Indian Ocean in Mozambique by one of the local Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Bengol.net.
This came out at the weekend when the company hosted a press briefing in Blantyre announcing the development.
Bengol.net Managing Director, Mohammad Abdullah, said the company has invested K4 billion in the project to enhance fiber connection for social and economic development of Malawi.
He said the company is taking a different business approach to enable customers access unlimited internet services depending on the package they choose.
“This is a Malawian company, this product is for Malawians. We want to contribute to technology development as we seek to improve internet for every Malawian.
“Ours is the best service with twenty-four hours uninterrupted connection. We do not charge in gigabytes, hence unlimited connectivity. You pay $85 once a month to access the service,” Abdullah said.
Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) Director of Telecommunications, Henry Silika, told journalists that the milestone will increase competition in the industry and subsequently consumers will benefit through lower prices and quality services.
“As Macra we are quite excited that Bengol.net has attained this milestone because what it would entail is that it would bring down costs of international bandwidth,” Silika said.