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Nsanje faults erratic mobile network

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COMMUNITIES under traditional authorities Ndamera, Nyachikadza and Chimombo in Nsanje have decried poor telecommunication network coverage in their areas.

Member of Parliament for Nsanje South Constituency Thomson Kamangira said Malawian mobile networks can only be accessed in a few spots.

The district borders Mozambique and is largely covered by one of that country’s networks, Movitel. “I have tried on my part to take the issue to Parliament.

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I am hoping that the network problem would be ironed out because the minister himself has visited and noticed the problem,” he said.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nicholas Dausi—who addressed a development rally in the area on Saturday—said once the Malawi National Fibre Optic Backbone project has been rolled out, it would iron out such problems.

“The people have talked about connectivity problem as a major concern, which will be ironed out once the construction of the national fibre optic network is done.

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According to the contractor, it will only take a year to lay the cable.

I also encourage the network providers in the country to coordinate and collaborate to make sure every corner of the country has full mobile network coverage,” he said.

Dausi said the fibre optic backbone project would also help Malawians living in rural areas to enjoy high-speed internet which for a long time has been limited to major cities.

The $23 million project was awarded to Huawei and its launch is slated for this Wednesday.

Kamangira also lamented the poor access to potable water and poor road network especially the 27km stretch that connects Nsanje boma and the border post at Malaka

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