Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has said improved network coverage in rural areas is an overall economic development strategy of the country as it will enable people to access information within their locality.
Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi made the remarks on Saturday during a Malawi National Fibre Backbone project awareness campaign at Mtowe Primary School ground in group village head Bitirinyu, Traditional Authority (T/A) Ndamera in Nsanje.
He said the network coverage will enable communities to contribute to the development of the country in this digital era.
Dausi also said government will construct a telecentre in the area for the youth to be computer literate while in secondary schools.
Nsanje South legislator Thomson Kamangira (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) said the project shows that government values the people of Nsanje who for a long time have requested for wider network coverage.
T/A Ndamera said poor network connection in the area paralyses sharing of information, leaving communities in ignorance.
“Imagine we make calls from trees, which is dangerous for our lives. We miss a lot because network is not available within the comfort of our homes unlike our colleagues in Blantyre,” said Ndamera.
The project seeks to improve network coverage in rural areas to enhance rural communities’ use of information and communications technology (ICT) services.