MTL to connect with USA in 2014
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has said it plans to connect Malawi to the USA through Zambia by 2014 as it strives to enhance international connection spread through the country as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (Wimax).
MTL Chief Commercial Officer Elias Imaan said MTL has realised that their customers want enhanced international connectivity and they have since built the second international link in Mozambique taking through Mulanje, Milanje then back to Beira.
“We now have diversity in terms of connectivity as Tanzania connection is also there converging at London cable,” he said.
Imaan said internet customers prefer working without disturbances, hence quality and deliverance issues are of essential.
He disclosed that their Wimax service has now spread in full swing and now available not only on three major cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre and Zomba but also on the expansion drive for Wimax coverage in other peri urban centres like the Lakeshore tourism town of Salima.
He said over the years MTL has been working on building a robust wireless network, and their Wimax, which is 4G and previously scanty in terms of coverage, is now fully present in the four places mentioned.
“Optimisation process is done and fully commercialised and now customers can enjoy full internet access. If you are connected with Wimax, you can access services that are broadband,” said Imaan.
Imaan also said by the end of this year, MTL will expand further to another Lakeshore tourist town of Mangochi, sugar industry areas of Nchalo, and Dwangwa, Kasungu and border town of Karonga.