Government to revoke telco licences


Minister of Information Gospel Kazako has warned that the government is contemplating revoking licences for telecommunication companies that failed to roll out services after they were awarded licences some years back.

In an interview, Kazako said he was puzzled with the delay by the firms to roll out their operations as they were deemed fit during the evaluation prior to getting licences.

He said the government is looking at enhancing competition in the sector by ensuring that firms offer competitive charges on their services.


“There are five licenced telecommunication companies that have not rolled out. We will be looking at why they have not rolled out and my ministry will instruct the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority to engage them and, if we are not convinced, we will revoke their licences,” Kazako said.

He, however, did not put a timeframe as to when the exercise will be conducted and concluded.

Kazako said one of the licenced firms, Nyasa Mobile, has shown capacity to join the market soon.

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