Three years after connecting Malawi to the submarine cable through fibre optic cable, Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has said the country is now enjoying reliable and faster Internet following a connection through Tanzania.
MTL first connected Malawi to the fibre optic cable in 2010 through Mozambique. But because at times there have been faults on the main cable, the country was left with no Internet connectivity, which prompted the telecommunications company to invest in a second connection through Tanzania.
MTL chief technology officer Hebert Maosa, in an interview yesterday, said over the past three years, they have been working to connect the country to the second cable so that the country has uninterrupted Internet connectivity.
“We are proud to inform the nation that since December last year, we have connected the country to another cable through Tanzania and this supports the one connected to Mozambique.
“The advantage is that, this gives us a guarantee of Internet as it is unlikely that two cables can develop faults at the same time,” he said..
Maosa, however, said when one cable develops a fault, the other has the capacity to provide Internet connectivity throughout the country only that due to mass usage, the quality of Internet service is affected.
He said the country is already reaping fruits of being connected to the cable through lower cost.
“Internet is now 50 percent cheaper compared to five years ago when we were not connected to the submarine cable. Again, there is also plenty of capacity and the Internet is reliable and faster compared to the past.
“Internet users are able to watch videos online and perform other services on the Internet than before,” said Maosa.
He said the current costs for Internet might be high, but attributed this to middlemen.
Maosa said as MTL, they do not tap directly from the cable under the sea, but there are companies that do so and the costs, apart from other factors, determine the final costs for Internet use in the country.