By Memory Chatonda
Minister of Information, Gospel Kanzako has advised Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to seriously engage mobile telecommunications companies to reduce the cost of internet data to enable more Malawians enjoy services in the communication sector.
The minister said this on Monday when he toured Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority Offices in Blantyre.
Kanzako said Information Communication Technology (ICT) is deemed to be catalyst of any economy because people use internet data to access services to contribute positively to all spheres of development.
“However, right now, to own a smart phone is like a crime because of the cost of data. Here in Malawi, Internet data is being sold at 80 cent per second and expire within the specified time usage yet in our neighboring country, Tanzania the cost of data is as less as 4 cent per second.
“In view of this, Malawians feel like they are being skinned alive and they are much worried with the development because it is the mobile companies that are celebrating for making huge profits,” he said.
The minister therefore urged Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority to quickly and seriously engage the mobile communications companies to address the problem for the enjoyment of Malawians.
He added: “Should we say that we are experiencing this problem because we only have three mobile telecommunications companies in Malawi? If yes, let us engage more players because we want Malawians to enjoy ICT services without any hindrance.
“This is the new government and people are expecting to see things being done differently.”