09 August 2017
| James Pearce
Huawei Malawi has deployed fibre in four districts of Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Zomba and Machinga, covering a distance of 45km as part of a long awaited connectivity project.
The project is to connect the whole
country by the end of the year by mounting fibre cables of the
Electricity Supply of Corporation of Malawi
(Escom)’s network of poles.
Malawi’s minister of information Nicholas Dausi
expressed satisfaction with the work done so far, and said he
was confident that the rollout will reach the entire population
by the end of the year, according to reports in the African
"Malawi has been lugging behind in terms of internet
connectivity. This is because we never had fibre connections.
Today, we are witnessing the rolling out of the much awaited
project which will put our country at par with others in terms
of internet connectivity," said Dausi.
"As a country, we will also take advantage of the
connectivity to show to the world what our agriculture products
are and through that way, we will be increasing our export and
trade with other nations."
The project will also be used to help strengthen the
country’s Integrated Financial Management System
(IFMS), controlling the siphoning of government resources.
Huawei has also constructed 37 connection points where
internet will be loaded and offloaded as part of the project,
which was first commissioned at the end of April.
Huawei Technologies managing director for Malawi Wan Wei
said: "We are working hard so that before rains start, we
should be through. We will have teams in all the districts and
we expect to employ 350 people out of which 300 will be
Malawians while 50 will be from China."