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Malawi sets aside $55m for fibre-optic network

7th August 2009

By: Marcel Chimwala

Creamer Media Correspondent

  

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Landline telephone network operator Malawi Telecom-munications Limited (MTL) has set aside $55-million for a fibre-optic network that will be linked to similar networks in Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania and South Africa.

“By the end of August, we want to see our fibre-optic cable connected to these four countries and, by December, our 
target is to be connected to the rest of the world through the Eassy and Seacom undersea cables,” says MTL CEO Peter Zimmer.

He says MTL has embarked on a process to ensure that all areas in the country have access to 
improved telecommunication technology using the fibre-optic cable network and hopes to complete the first phase linking the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe and the towns of Balaka, Zomba, Salima and Dedza, by the end of August.


The second phase will entail extending the cable northwards, from Lilongwe to Kasungu and Mzimba, and will be operational 
by early 2010.

He says that the Blantyre–Lilongwe link will have a bandwidth capacity of 10 Gb/s, while the bandwidth capacity of the Lilongwe–Mzimba link will be 2,5 Gb/s.

The high-speed link to be 
installed between Malawi and Zambia will be extended to other 
regional telecommunication hubs by 2011.

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

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