Malawi's government has indicated that citizens can expect faster Internet speeds in the Southern Afrikan country in February 2018. This will come courtesy of the Malawi National Optic Fibre Backbone Project whose implementation kicked off in April 2017.
Nicholas Dausi, Malawi's Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), said that the Malawi National Optic Fibre Backbone Project will be completed during February 2018.
Along with the roll-out of the Malawi National Optic Fibre Backbone Project, the country, through the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), is also finalizing a national broadband strategy.
"The project has been completed and people should start enjoying fast and reliable internet services starting from the month of February. What is remaining on our part now is to start sensitizing people about the benefits of the project," said Dausi.
The Malawi National Optic Fibre Backbone Project, which cost the government $23 million, is being implemented by Chinese technology company, Huawei and ESCOM (Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi).
In 2017, The World Bank, through the International Development Association, also provided Malawi's government with a $72,4 million loan to help the country build the digital foundations needed to help it connect to the global digital economy. The Malawi Digital Foundations Project is Phase I of the Digital Malawi Program which it is hoped will significantly expand access to the Internet in the Southern Afrikan country. Apart from using the loan to make the Internet more affordable in Malawi, the project will also include support for building the necessary infrastructure and skills for the country's government to scale up its online public services offerings.
Malawi's authorities hope, among many other benefits, that the Malawi National Optic Fibre Backbone Project will help the government integrate and optimize its Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS), ), Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS), and the Immigration and National Registration and Identification System.