Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has expressed concern over delays in implementing the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management Systems (Cirms) which is aimed at monitoring mobile service operators.
Macra deputy director general Francis Bisika expressed the concern on Friday when Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education JappieMhango toured its head office in Blantyre.
Early this year, Telecom Networks Malawi (TNM) made an application in the High Court in Zomba stopping Macra from implementing Cirms, saying it does not have legal instruments.
“Cirms monitors quality of services, spectrum, manages fraud and provides revenue assurance. But since the High Court restrained us from implementing it, we cannot summon any operator who is not abiding by Cirms regulations because there is no scientific evidence,” said Bisika.
In response, the minister said government, in conjunction with Macra, would do everything possible to ensure that the case is cleared and that the machine is implemented.
Mhango said government appreciates the role that the regulatory body plays in the country as improved communication and regulatory services contribute positively to all spheres of development.