Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) will start accrediting telecommunications companies under the converged licensing framework (CLF) in January 2016, an official has said.
In line with the objective of fostering the development of information and communication technology (ICT) services in accordance with recognised international standards, Macra intends to migrate the current licensing regime for the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.
Macra believes that convergence is likely to help industry players in expanding into new market segments and identifies such expansion as a key economic driver.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Macra director of telecommunications Lloyd Momba attributed the need for CLF to technological advancement which has seen the blurring of boundaries between telecommunications and broadcasting services.
“Macra intends to migrate the current licensing to a converged licensing framework (CLF) regime for the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors,” he said.
Momba said it is crucial for telecommunication licensing and regulatory framework to be responsive to the dynamic changes in the ICT industry.—Mana