The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has awarded a licence to provide third generation mobile services to Zain Malawi, Bizcommunity.com reports.
The cellco's marketing director, Enwell Kadango, confirmed that discussions over licensing between the two parties were first initiated in 2006. Without elaborating, he added that the concession has only just been awarded, because the cellco's licence conditions have been changed.
Zain is reportedly close to finishing the deployment of a 3G-compatible network across the country, which will offer download speeds of between 2Mbps-8Mbps, television services and videocalling.
Without mentioning a specific date, the report adds that Zain's sole competitor in the mobile market, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), has already been awarded a 3G licence, and is currently testing the technology.