President Peter Mutharika has expressed optimism that the Malawi National Fibre Backbone Project will improve the social, political and economic development of the country.
The President has since challenged Malawians to use information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to explore various business opportunities accruing from the sector.
Mutharika spoke at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe yesterday when he commissioned the $23 million (about K16.9 billion) project.
He said: “This project will improve efficiency and effectiveness in the connectivity of government’s wide systems such as the Integrated Financial Management and Information System [Ifmis], Human Resource Management Information System [HRMIS], Immigration and National Registration and Identification System.”
The project will involve the installation of communication equipment from Chitipa to Nsanje to enable and improve mobile phone and Internet connectivity.
Huawei Technologies country director in Malawi, Wan Wei, said the all-round cooperation with the Malawi Government and all telecommunications operators such as TNM, Airtel, MTL and Access Communications Limited (ACL) has led to the country’s recent advancements in signal coverage, mobile phone client-base, internet access speed and communication rates affordability. n