Malawi’s third mobile operator licensee, G-Mobile, has started deploying infrastructure for a wireless network, reports local newspaper The Nation.
The news follows a move by the country’s regulator, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), to fine the operator USD6.9 million in May in light of its failure to roll out a network.
G-Mobile's director of administration Harold Myaba said that the company is negotiating the fine with Macra. ‘A lot has been happening behind the scenes that people didn’t see. It’s now starting to show,’ said Myaba.
When G-Mobile does finally launch it will compete against Telekom Networks and Zain, who between them claimed 2.7 million subscribers at the end of March 2010, in a country whose population is more than 14 million.