Members of Parliament (MPs), especially those from border districts, have raised concerns over how neighbouring countries’ mobile networks are interfering with local ones, causing communication challenges in the areas.
The MPs have since asked government to do something about this problem and to consider telling the mobile network providers to upgrade their towers to 4G network as most towers have 2G, which is slow and outdated.
Dedza West MP Filipo Chinkhondo (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) said there is too much interference from Mozambique’s Mobicell in his constituency.
“Would the minister responsible consider doing something on this network interference? It is worrisome,” he said.
Zomba Thondwe MP Charles Tikhiwa (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) decried the use of 2G towers, saying it is slowing down communication.
In his response, Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi called on the members to bring any problems concerning networks to his ministry’s attention, promising to help wherever possible.
“It is true that we have network interference from neighboring countries. TNM and Airtel have promised to improve as they are still carrying out network quality checks to rectify and improve the problems,” he said.