Site icon The Times Group Malawi

Malawian techno-synergy

First things first; a prosperous 2018 to esteemed followers of Computer Crosstalk, my wonderful editors George Mhango, Grace Thipa and Wezi Kasambara; delightful presenters Sharon Chirwa, Sharon Jumbe, Elvis Howahowa and Yakho Seunda.
It is gratifying to note that Computer Crosstalk is not a lone voice that falls on rocks full of spikes that choke the seed. It is humbling; after yelling about annoying security checks at exits of espresso esthetic Spar Shops, the practice was withdrawn.
The goliath National Bank is not too big not to hear Computer Crosstalk’s rambling about delays in cheque clearing systems. The bank now clears cheques in real time. All I can say is that the best reward of a job well done is to have done it.
The year 2018 is no longer a silhouette from the window of 2017; it is here. What would Computer Crosstalk want to see change in this brand new year? That is no brainer; Malawian techno-synergy dynamics.
First is a plea to TNM and Airtel to, for heaven’s sake, connect Mpamba and Airtel Money. None of the two is greater than their sum. Why should two companies serving the same market work in isolation that smacks impunity? Would it not be nirvana for Airtel Money customers to send e-money to Mpamba clients? And tell me beloved TNM, why can’t I buy Airtel airtime for my kid on Mpamba? Am I not at liberty to load my TNM MiFi using Airtel Money?
Both Mpamba and Airtel Money are banks, electronic ones. It is not, therefore, bizarre that a banking system should dictate to the account holder what not to buy with withdrawn money?
The difference between an e-book and a paperback is not the content but the form and price. The computer hardware bible, Repairing and Building PCs by Scott Muller in paperback cost $43. The equivalent e-book wears a price tag of $14. Now, tell me TNM and Airtel, why should it cost more (an arm and leg) to withdraw money on an e-system with just a server running everything than a bank with multistory buildings, mahogany furniture and granite tiles?
On the other side of e-money equation we find banks that are not eager to link up with Mpamba and Airtel Money. If they did, I would fire National Banks Mo626, or FDH’s 525 and wire money straight to the old lady at Songani. FDH is connected to Airtel Money on paper; the connection does not work flawlessly.
It is about time, we Malawians, adopted brother’s keeper-philosophy and spider web economics in business and tech. That way our technology footage on the world stage will look bigger than the tiny full stop we are on Google Maps.
Belated Merry Christmas to Nicolas Dausi. I must submit I like your chutzpa lexicon. I am sure APM loves the way you put fresh on sentences. So, my minister, come up with some muscled prose and convince APM to sway MRA into not heavily taxing internet. Tell him that I said that internet is the whole university campus, a library of knowledge.
Once more, telephone carriers and Malawi’s Wall Street community, disengage egotism mode and link up.

Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!
Exit mobile version