ICTAM Bemoans Increased Telecommunication Charges
The ICT Association of Malawi (ICTAM) has described a recent decision by telecommunication companies in the country to revise upwards prices for their products as a deterrent of internet as well as telecommunications accessibility among most people in the country.
ICTAM president, Bram Fudzulani told Zodiak online on Monday that the decision has come at bad time when most people in the country are struggling financially hence they can not afford high telecommunication tariffs.
"Much as we understand that the telecommunication companies are in business, I think it’s important for them to strike a balance between making profits and offering a crucial services, the move will really deny most Malawians access to these digital platforms and its really unfortunate," he said.
His remarks has been shared by social comentator, Victor Chipofya, who has argued that the telecommunications companies have got no justification in raising their prices, adding telecommunication charges in the country are already high compared with other African countries.
Telcommunication provider, TNM revised upwards by 20 percent prices of its products effective Tuesday this week citing the current high cost of doing business in the country necessitated by the recent 25 percent devalution of the local currency.
Another provider, Airtel also announced a 50 percent reduction of its MoFaya volume bandles despite maintaining prices.
According to the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority(MACRA), only 14 percent of the country's population has internet accessibility.
Ironically, Government wants through its Malawi Digital Ecomic Strategy to raise that figure by 80 percent by 2026.