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TNM commissions new network sites

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Malawi Stock Exchange- listed TNM PLC has announced the commissioning of an additional 246 network sites.

TNM Head of Radio Access Network, Jonathan Pinifolo, said in a statement the network expansion is part of the firm’s quest to contribute towards the country’s economic growth through mobile telecommunicat ions and information and communication technology.

He said the additional sites project has been underway since September 2017.

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Pinifolo said the newly commissioned sites include economically active zones with tourism, agriculture and cross-border trading activity. They include Songwe in Karonga, Chintheche in Nkhatabay, Mpherembe in Mzimba, Monkey Bay in Mangochi, Kunenekude in Neno and Khombedza in Salima.

He said expansion to the additional sites aims to further widen TNM network’s reach and increase both access and quality for customers.

“It opens up new economic possibilities for the country given that some of these sites either had no network signal before or experienced weak signal.

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“The most interesting aspect is that as part of the expansion, we are introducing either 3G, 4G or 4.5G capabilities to give customers access to TNM’s newly-acquired digital platform, which offers the fastest internet speed available in Malawi at the moment,” he said.

According to Pinifolo, for the 246 coverage sites TNM is deploying a U900 network platform, which provides a seamless connection to mobile data and broadband and complements the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network platform.

“U900 uses a low-frequency Universal Mobile Telecommunications System band that delivers outstanding network performance in the areas of 4.5G voice fall back, mobile broadband coverage, and data service experience,” he said.

Pinifolo said by adding new sites to the existing network coverage, TNM is increasing access to world-class mobile telecoms and ICT services, ensuring that no one is left out of its digital revolution.

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